Wa­ter cri­sis in Thane: Only 26 wells cleaned in one month

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol, Thane megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion had an­nounced clean­ing all the wells and make the wa­ter avail­able for pub­lic.

But, the civic au­thor­ity has man­aged to clean only 26 wells in the past one month. With the month of May al­ready a few days away, the well wa­ter is still un­avail­able to the city hit by one of its worst wa­ter cri­sis.

The TMC though is still con­fi­dent of clean­ing all the re­main­ing 186 wells by the first week of May. With over 60 hours wa­ter cuts in some parts of the city, the de­ci­sion to use the wa­ter from the wells was taken in a meet­ing held on March 15. The clean­ing was sup­posed to be­gin on April 1. It be­gan a week ago as the ten­der­ing process was de­layed.

A civic of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity as he is not au­tho­rised to talk to the me­dia, said: “The clean­ing work be­gan one week ago and we have cleaned 26 wells so far. The work is go­ing on a war foot­ing and the res­i­dents can use all the 212 wells by the first week of May.”

With the in­creas­ing num­ber of res­i­den­tial com­plexes, most wells were closed across the city. The us­age of most wells was also stopped ow­ing to which they were silted and lit­tered. The cor­po­ra­tion had al­lot­ted a bud­get of Rs1.70 crore to clean th­ese wells, the ten­ders were floated ward­wise.

The of­fi­cer added, “We have cleaned two to three wells in ev­ery ward till now so that peo­ple from all the wards will equally ben­e­fit. As soon as the wells are cleaned peo­ple can start us­ing them, we will later carry out the work of fit­ting pumps on th­ese wells.”

If the TMC stays true to its words, res­i­dents can use the well wa­ter for a month till the mon­soon.

PRA­FUL GANGURDE

A well at Azad Na­gar in Thane is filled with garbage.

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