Uran to face two days wa­ter cut ev­ery week

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

MIDC will not sup­ply wa­ter to Uran on Tues­days and Fri­days. With Cidco’s Hetawane dam wa­ter too be­ing shut on sev­eral days, Uran res­i­dents are strug­gling to cope with the cri­sis.

While sev­eral ar­eas of Maharashtra have been suf­fer­ing from acute short­age of wa­ter due to drought-like sit­u­a­tion, Uran had been rel­a­tively com­fort­able. How­ever, the sce­nario has changed.

MIDC has a dam in Ran­sai from which it sup­plies wa­ter to Uran taluka. The taluka in­cludes vil­lages, one mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil, ONGC, NDA, gas tur­bine power sta­tion projects.

With rapid ur­ban­i­sa­tion in the re­gion, the wa­ter sup­ply had been prov­ing to be in­ad­e­quate. The au­thor­i­ties had also been sourc­ing wa­ter from Cidco’s Hetawane dam and NMMC’s morbe dam.

Due to short­age of rain last year, re­sult­ing in lower stock at Morbe, its sup­ply was first stopped at Uran. Cidco took a pol­icy de­ci­sion and re­duced its sup­ply from Hetawane from 10 mld to just 4 mld. On sev­eral days, there is no sup­ply at all.

Uran taluka needs 34 mld of wa­ter daily and it used to get 10 mld from Hetawane. With wa­ter from Hetawane not be­ing sup­plied for the past few days, there is a

wa­ter cut.

An MIDC of­fi­cial said, “If 34 mld wa­ter is sourced from Ran­sai dam ev­ery day, the dam could be empty in a month. We need to plan to en­sure that the wa­ter in the dam lasts till mon­soon.”

He said, “Tak­ing the sit­u­a­tion into ac­count, we have de­cided to have no sup­ply of wa­ter on two days in a week to cur­tail its use and en­sure longevity of sup­ply.”

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