It’s the same wa­ter story ev­ery sum­mer, say Diva res­i­dents

Stu­dents, of­fice-go­ers liv­ing in Diva trudge 2kms ev­ery day to fetch wa­ter

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NEWS - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Shinde, 22, fre­quently misses her lec­tures at Royal Col­lege in Dom­bivli as she has to travel al­most two kilo­me­tres to fill wa­ter.

A res­i­dent of Diva’s Da­ti­vali, Shinde is among the thou­sands of res­i­dents who are ei­ther late to work or skip of­fice due to the wa­ter crisis.

“We do not get wa­ter in our taps and have to go al­most 2 kms to fill wa­ter be­tween 8am to 11am ev­ery day. This is the only time when the wa­ter is avail­able in Da­ti­vali vil­lage. My sis­ter-in-law and I carry pots and buck­ets, trudge across rail­way tracks, risk­ing our lives,” said Shinde.

This is the story of many res­i­dents who hardly get any wa­ter sup­ply from Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC). Res­i­dents claimed that wa­ter sup­ply is avail­able only at a com­mon tap in Da­ti­vali vil­lage from 8am to 11am. There is a long queue of peo­ple

at the tap to fill wa­ter ev­ery day.

Mukesh Shig­van, 45, who lives near Mausam theatre, is al­ways late for work.

“I travel to Vidyav­i­har for

work and have to re­port to work at 10.30am and am late most days. I travel 3kms to Da­ti­vali vil­lage to fill a 10-litre can of wa­ter on my bi­cy­cle. Af­ter that, I leave for work,” said Shig­van.

Sub­hash Mishra, 47, a res­i­dent of Devi Prasad build­ing near Diva sta­tion, also trav­els 3 kms to fill wa­ter ev­ery day.

“We are fac­ing wa­ter crisis for many years. The story is the same ev­ery sum­mer. Most of us have to ad­just our rou­tine de­pend­ing on the wa­ter sup­ply. The wa­ter sup­ply is cut off on Thurs­days and Fri­days, mak­ing our sit­u­a­tion worse. The TMC and the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives have only given empty as­sur­ances and no wa­ter to res­i­dents,” said Mishra.

An of­fi­cial from TMCs wa­ter de­part­ment said, “The main rea­son for wa­ter scarcity in Diva is the ram­pant il­le­gal wa­ter con­nec­tions. Most res­i­dents live in the CRZ area where we can­not pro­vide wa­ter con­nec­tions. We are con­tin­u­ously con­duct­ing drives against il­le­gal con­nec­tions in Diva.”

He said the 60-hour wa­ter cut im­posed by the MIDC has added to the res­i­dents’ woes.

“The MIDC used to pro­vide 110 mld wa­ter which has been re­duced to 66 mld. We have to sup­ply this wa­ter across Diva, Mum­bra and Kalwa ar­eas,” said the of­fi­cial.

PRA­FUL GANGURDE

Res­i­dents of Da­ti­vali vil­lage, 3km from Diva, have to walk 2kms to fetch wa­ter ev­ery day.

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