Uran to get more wa­ter, wells to be cleaned

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

Ef­forts are on to tackle the wa­ter short­age in Uran re­gion.

An NGO, Uran Alive, has started an ini­tia­tive ‘Save wa­ter, store wa­ter” and has started in­spect­ing the wells in the taluka.

The NGO plans to take up clean­ing work of the wells at Uran.

The group met Uran tehsil­dar Nitin Cha­van with their plan which he ac­cepted.

Manoj Badre, a mem­ber of the group, said: “The state is fac­ing drought sit­u­a­tion at sev­eral places with peo­ple thirst­ing for wa­ter. Uran so far has not been hit that hard. But, thou­sands of litres of wa­ter is wasted here due to leak­ages.”

He added, “There is two-day wa­ter cut in the taluka, but no ma­jor wa­ter short­age. How­ever, com­pla­cency could lead to dis­as­trous con­se­quences.”

Ma­hesh Gharat, another mem­ber of the NGO, said: “Uran used to get an av­er­age of 2,600mm to 3,000mm rain­fall ev­ery year. That has now re­duced to around 1,500mm. The sit­u­a­tion points to­wards a dan­ger­ous sce­nario ahead.”

Many wells have been dug up in Uran taluka to source wa­ter. Many of the wells are pri­vate prop­er­ties. The wa­ter, how­ever, is avail­able to all from these wells as well. The well wa­ter has for years been used for pub­lic works.

Am­ruta Karnik, an NGO mem­ber, said: “The British gov­ern­ment had in 1934 ini­ti­ated a scheme to sup­ply wa­ter to Uran from the wells. How­ever, af­ter the con­struc­tion of Ran­sai dam, the wells were ne­glected which led to their ne­glect.”

Karnik added that the springs of sev­eral wells are be­ing de­stroyed as they are choked.

“We have de­cided to clean these wells to en­able them to sup­ply wa­ter to Uran. The sur­vey work is on. The ac­tual clean­ing work will be taken up at the ear­li­est,” said Karnik.

MANY WELLS HAVE BEEN DUG UP IN URAN TALUKA TO SOURCE WA­TER. MANY OF THESE WELLS ARE PRI­VATE PROP­ER­TIES.

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