City to get wa­ter from Digha dam for three months TANKERS CAN­NOT USE WELL WA­TER

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Navi Mum­bai that is fac­ing acute wa­ter short­age will fi­nally be able to source wa­ter f rom a dam that has been un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( NMMC).

The Bri­tish- era dam of the In­dian railways in Il­tan­pada area that falls un­der NMMC j uris­dic­tion has a ca­pac­ity of 8 mld wa­ter. The wa­ter has re­mained un­used for years de­spite sev­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tions to the railways.

Thane MP Ra­jan Vichare has man­aged to get per­mis­sion for the use of wa­ter in the dam from the rail­way min­is­ter.

Digha area is presently fac- ing acute wa­ter short­age.

NMMC op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule had raised the is­sue with Vichare ex­plain­ing to him the wa­ter situation in the re­gion.

Speak­ing dur­ing his in­spec­tion visit to the dam on Fri­day with Chougule and Shiv Sena cor­po­ra­tors, Vichare said, “I held a meet­ing on the is­sue with rail­way min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu on March 28. Be­fore that, I had been in touch with the rail­way of­fi­cials and sent sev­eral letters ask­ing for the t rans­fer of t he dam to t he NMMC.”

Vichare said: “Fol­low­ing the meet­ing with the min­is­ter, the rail­way of­fi­cials have fi­nally given a pos­i­tive re­sponse and soon steps will be taken to trans­fer the dam. The trans­fer of the dam will take time, but right now per­mis­sion has been given to use the dam wa­ter for three months.”

He said, “Cen­tral rail­way sec­re­tary Vinit Ku­mar has given me a let­ter, stat­ing that wa­ter will be sup­plied for three months, based on an agree­ment with NMMC. I have re­ceived copy of the let­ter which has been sent to NMMC.”

Chougule said, “The dam, spread over 15 acres, has a ca­pac­ity to sup­ply 8 mld of wa­ter. I t could be used by res­i­dents of 8 to 10 wards in Digha and will bring a huge respite.”

NMMC of­fi­cials said they had not re­ceived any of­fi­cial in­for­ma­tion about the de­ci­sion.

The dam, spread over 15 acres, can sup­ply wa­ter to around 10 wards in Digha.

To en­sure con­trolled use of wa­ter in the city, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor po­ra­tion ( NMMC), t wo days ago, banned the use of wa­ter from the wells in the city.

There are around 130 wells in the city, wa­ter from sev­eral of which is used for con­struc­tion pur­poses. The civic body has al­lowed the use of pond wa­ter for con­struc­tion pur­poses. Tankers source wa­ter from wells for con­struc­tion sites. So far, no per­mis­sion was taken from the civic body by tanker own­ers. Now, with the wa­ter cri­sis wors­en­ing, NMMC has stepped in to con­trol the use of the wa­ter from wells.

NMMC has put up boards at wells an­nounc­ing that draw­ing wa­ter by the tankers is banned. It has given per­mis­sion to wa­ter tankers to source wa­ter from ponds for sup­ply to con­struc­tion sites. A civic of­fi­cial said, “NMMC has un­der­taken the work of clean­ing the ponds. This re­quires the wa­ter lev­els of the pond to be low to help clear the silt be­low.”

“If the tankers source wa­ter from the ponds, it en­sure that the pond wa­ter is not wasted,” he added.


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