Wa­ter short­age dries up gar­dens

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

With the state reel­ing un­der drought, Navi Mum­bai too has not been ex­empt from wa­ter short­age. The wa­ter short­age has had an ef­fect on 216 gar­dens in the city which seem to be los­ing their green­ery.

With just 40 tankers sup­ply­ing wa­ter to these tankers, the plants are not get­ting ad­e­quate wa­ter to en­sure the lush green­ery that they have been known for. The trees too are dry­ing up. The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) is fac­ing a grave chal­lenge to keep the gar­dens alive for the next two months till the on­set of mon­soon.

Tree lovers are de­mand­ing that the civic body use STP or creek wa­ter for the gar­dens.

A num­ber of peo­ple flock to the gar­dens in sum­mer to es­cape the scorch­ing heat but they do not seem to be get­ting the shade that they are look­ing for. The num­ber of birds have also re­duced in the gar­dens.

The gar­den in Be­la­pur, lo­cated next to the creek, has not re­ceived wa­ter for a month now. This has led to the en­tire grass here turn­ing brown ow­ing to the heat. The res­i­dents com­ing to the gar­den do not even get drink­ing wa­ter.

Sev­eral street lights are not work­ing. The seat­ing ar­range­ment too is not proper. Hence, a num­ber of peo­ple sit on the bound­ary wall near the creek, risk­ing their lives.

Most of the gar­dens in the city are fac­ing a wa­ter short­age. The ef­forts be­ing made by the gar­den de­part­ment are not enough, lead­ing to the gar­dens be­ing in trou­ble.

When con­tacted, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner (gar­den) Chan­drakant Tayde said, “We are do­ing all that we can to en­sure that the gar­dens re­main green. Wa­ter is be­ing sup­plied from borewells, ponds and wells to gar­dens in Be­la­pur, Palm Beach road and Nerul among oth­ers.”

He added, “At some places, the plants on the di­viders are be­ing wa­tered us­ing treated wa­ter from the STP through the tankers. Drink­ing wa­ter is be­ing used at four gar­dens.”

“At present, ad­e­quate wa­ter is be­ing sup­plied to the gar­dens at 80 places,” said Tayde.

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