Ex-KDMC cor­po­ra­tor’s strike at Ul­has river en­ters ninth day

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Sa­jana Nam­biar sa­jana.nam­biar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A for­mer cor­po­ra­tor of Kalyan-Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (KDMC) Nitin Nikam is on an in­difi­nite strike at the Ul­has river for the past nine days. But, the civic of­fi­cials have not both­ered to look into his de­mands.

“I will con­tinue protest­ing till there is a re­sult. None of the of­fi­cials have met me to dis­cuss my de­mands,” said Nikam.

Ev­ery morn­ing, Nikam has been tak­ing a boat on Ul­has river at 7am and sits there to protest. He leaves the place in the evening.

Nikam’s de­mands for the KDMC are to clean Ul­has river which pro­vides drink­ing wa­ter to KDMC res­i­dents. He started his strike on March 2.

“I had warned the civic body about my plan to protest at the river and had given them a time of 15 days. Since the civic body have not ini­ti­ated with any ac­tion, I started the protest,” said Nikam.

In his re­cent visit to the river in Fe­bru­ary, Nikam found that green weeds have cov­ered the wa­ter near the Mo­hane pump­ing sta­tion which lifts wa­ter to be sup­plied to the res­i­dents.

“Un­less the river is cleaned and main­tained, how can we ex­pect to get ad­e­quate amount from there. Garbage is also dumped into the river. Some ar­eas have leak­ages which al­lows wa­ter to flow to other di­rec­tion. The civic body should en­sure that the weeds are cleared reg­u­larly,” said Nikam.

The KDMC lifts 285 mld of wa­ter from Ul­has river. The river en­ters the Thane and Raigad dis­tricts of Ma­ha­ras­tra be­tween Kul­gaon-Bad­la­pur to­wards the north of Ul­has­na­gar and then flows to­wards Kalyan.

The river turns to­wards Thane and a chan­nel con­nects it to the Thane creek.

The river is pol­luted due to the in­dus­trial ef­flu­ents dis­charged into it.

“I have been a cor­po­ra­tor of Kalyan east and since the area is the most af­fected, it is my re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that the river is cleaned and the area gets wa­ter sup­ply,” said Nikam.

KDMC com­mis­sioner E Ravendi­ran said: “We have taken steps to ad­dress th­ese is­sues. We are con­sid­er­ing clean­ing wa­ter hy­acinth and are also co­or­di­nat­ing with the Ul­has­na­gar Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion to di­vert ef­flu­ents into down­stream.”

RISHIKESH CHOUDHARY

Nitin Nikam is on strike for the past nine days.

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