Tanker own­ers’ pock­ets full as your taps run dry

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Lax­man Singh lax­man.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: As Mum­bai­ites cope with a se­vere wa­ter short­age caused by a poor mon­soon, an­other side to this story is emerg­ing.

Around 700 wa­ter tankers criss­cross the city ev­ery day to sup­ply wa­ter to res­i­den­tial build­ings, cor­po­rate parks, ho­tels, con­struc­tion sites, hos­pi­tals and even the rail­ways, and as de­mand for wa­ter rises, busi­ness is look­ing up.

Sources es­ti­mate the de­mand for wa­ter in the city has gone up by at least 25%. Tanker own­ers —who make more than Rs200 crore a year— will now see their prof­its rise.

Mum­bai needs 4,300 mil­lion litres of wa­ter daily (MLD). The civic body can sup­ply only 3,750 MLD, ow­ing to limited stock in its lakes. Most of the re­main­ing 550 MLD is sup­plied by wa­ter tankers. “With the BMC’s wa­ter cut in place, the de­mand for tankers has gone up. Apart from our reg­u­lar con­sumers, new res­i­den­tial build­ings have started send­ing re­quests. To meet de­mand, we in­crease the num­ber of trips. The de­mand will only go up, as sum­mer ad­vances,”said Anil Gupta, owner of Kavita Wa­ter Sup­ply.



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