City has suf­fi­cient wa­ter but not dis­trib­uted well: Ac­tivists

Sit­u­a­tion could im­prove if NMMC curbs wa­ter theft, pil­fer­age and il­le­gal con­nec­tions

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVIMUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­ Women fetch wa­ter at Suchak Naka in Kalyan.

NAVI MUM­BAI: Last year’s de­fi­cient rain­fall has cast a dry spell on the state, forc­ing au­thor­i­ties to im­pose strin­gent wa­ter cuts to en­sure the stock lasts un­til the mon­soon ar­rives.

Com­pared with neigh­bour­ing Thane, which is fac­ing acute wa­ter cuts, Navi Mum­bai has been get­ting suf­fi­cient wa­ter sup­ply. How­ever, ar­eas such as Digha and Ghan­soli have been fac­ing 40% and 42.20% wa­ter cuts over the past few months.

Mis­man­age­ment of wa­ter sup­ply, il­le­gal con­nec­tions and theft are the cul­prits, said ac­tivists.

Af­ter im­pos­ing 33% wa­ter cut, around 286 mil­lion litres per day (mld) wa­ter is be­ing sup­plied to 14 lakh res­i­dents of Navi Mum­bai, while in Thane, 240 mld wa­ter is be­ing dis­trib­uted among 20 lakh peo­ple.

“The Cen­tral Pub­lic Health and En­vi­ron­men­tal Engi­neer­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion man­dates that ev­ery ur­ban city must sup­ply at least 135 litres of wa­ter daily for ev­ery per­son. Com­pared with what’s man­dated, res­i­dents of Navi Mum­bai re­ceive suf­fi­cient amount of wa­ter ev­ery,” said Sridhar Mane, 45, an ac­tivist from Nerul.

“If de­spite get­ting ad­e­quate sup­ply, there is a wa­ter cri­sis, we need to find out if the avail­able wa­ter is be­ing prop­erly dis­trib­uted among res­i­dents,” added Mane.

Ac­cord­ing to Mane, “Sev­eral cases of wa­ter theft, pil­fer­age and unau­tho­rised con­nec­tions have come to light in the past three to four months. If the NMMC takes care of th­ese is­sues, the sit­u­a­tion will be much bet­ter in the city.”

Kopar Khairane res­i­dent Son­ali Saha said the civic body does not seem to have a clear pol­icy for dis­tribut­ing wa­ter, which is why some ar­eas are fac­ing se­vere wa­ter cri­sis in the city. “While a 33.87% wa­ter cut has been im­posed in Kopar Khairane, only 28.57 % wa­ter cut has been im­posed in Nerul,” said Saha.

“We have im­posed wa­ter cuts af­ter con­duct­ing a sur­vey in dif­fer­ent nodes,” said Arvind Shinde, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer (wa­ter sup­ply), NMMC, adding, “It’s not fair to say claim mis­man­age­ment of wa­ter in the city. The sit­u­a­tion in Navi Mum­bai is still much bet­ter com­pared with any other city.”


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