60 lakh litres of wa­ter wasted in Pan­vel daily

If proper aware­ness is cre­ated, com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial users can source sewage treat­ment plant wa­ter through tankers, said ac­tivists

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HTNAVIMUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PAN­VEL: Even as the city is reel­ing un­der a se­vere wa­ter cri­sis, around 60 lakh litres of wa­ter treated at Pan­vel’s sewage treat­ment plant (STP) is be­ing re­leased into the creek ev­ery day.

The Taloja in­dus­trial area gets wa­ter sup­ply af­ter a two­day gap. Pan­vel and Kamothe have been get­ting wa­ter on al­ter­nate days. Not just the in­dus­tri­al­ists, but the res­i­dents too are fac­ing a lot of prob­lems due to the sit­u­a­tion. There is a huge hue and cry by the res­i­dents who are not get­ting enough wa­ter even for their ba­sic needs.

The un­der­ground sewage drains work has been com­pleted and con­nec­tions are be­ing joined in houses and hous­ing so­ci­eties.

As the work pro­gresses, the vol­ume of sewage wa­ter ar­riv­ing at the STP is in­creas­ing. Since Jan­uary, the STP has been re­ceiv­ing around 6 mld wa­ter, which is then treated. Of this just 60,000 litres of treated wa­ter is used for var­i­ous pur­poses. Around 5 to 6 tankers are sources by de­vel­op­ers and res­i­den­tial hous­ing so­ci­eties.

The Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil has given an an­nual con­tract of Rs72 lakh for run­ning of the STP. There are seven em­ploy­ees de­ployed here, PMC also spends around Rs3 lakh for monthly elec­tric­ity bill. The rev­enue, how­ever, is neg­li­gi­ble from the STP.

Atul Jait­pal, a so­cial worker, said: “There is no co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the wa­ter depart­ment and the town plan­ning depart­ment of PMC. The wa­ter depart­ment is not taken into con­fi­dence when per­mis­sion is given for new con­struc­tions. Sev­eral de­vel­op­ers brazenly use drink­ing wa­ter for con­struc­tion pur­pose.“

Vishal Sawant, a political worker, said: “Since Septem­ber, when the STP started work­ing, had its wa­ter been used in­stead of drink­ing wa­ter, a lot of pre­cious re­source could be saved and PMC too would have re­duced its fi­nan­cial bur­den.”

Fol­low­ing an up­roar by the op­po­si­tion mem­bers, a wa­ter con­fer­ence was called and PMC ap­pealed to all to save wa­ter.

Sawant said, “PMC has gone about dig­ging a well only af­ter

feel­ing thirsty. Had timely ac­tion been taken in the win­ter, the STP wa­ter could have been used bet­ter. There needs to be more aware­ness on the is­sue.”

He added, “PMC may not be able to sup­ply the treated wa­ter at present as it does not have the in­fra­struc­ture. How­ever, if proper aware­ness is cre­ated,

the com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial users can source the treated wa­ter through tankers.”

PMC en­gi­neer RR Raide said, “The STP wa­ter can be used at ser­vice cen­tres, gar­dens, wash­ing of ve­hi­cles, toi­lets, which will help save wa­ter by 60%.”

He added, “We are spread­ing the mes­sage in the city and are

hope­ful that the use of the STP wa­ter will in­crease in the com­ing days.”

He said, “Rs600 is charged per tanker for com­mer­cial pur­pose and Rs 100 per tanker for use by res­i­dents. It can be used for gar­dens in the hous­ing so­ci­eties, for wash­ing ve­hi­cles, toi­let and so on.”

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Digha vil­lagers wait for wa­ter sup­ply, on Wed­nes­day.

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HT PHOTO

Res­i­dents fill wa­ter from a tanker at a hous­ing so­ci­ety at Pan­vel, on Wed­nes­day.

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