Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­forn­vai­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has come down hard on those tak­ing connections from civic wa­ter pipe­lines il­le­gally. In the past one week, a to­tal of 862 such il­le­gal connections have been dis­con­nected.

In Be­la­pur, 58 connections were dis­con­nected, 81 in Nerul, 86 in Vashi, 141 in Turbhe and San­pada, 57 in Kopar Khairane, 37 in Ghan­soli, 180 in Airoli and 223 in Digha, ac­cord­ing to sources.

Civic sources say that Digha, Airoli and Turbhe ar­eas have been found to have the most num­ber of il­le­gal wa­ter connections.

Af­ter tak­ing charge as mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, Tukaram Munde who has tight­ened the ad­min­is­tra­tion has also asked for ac­tion against il­le­gal acts.

It is in this con­text that the civic body has ini­ti­ated ac­tion against il­le­gal wa­ter connections. Nizam Shaikh, a so­cial worker, said, “The lethar­gic at­ti­tude of civic of­fi­cials has led to loss of crores of ru­pees for the civic body.”

“The civic body has all along claimed that loss of wa­ter due to theft and leak­ages in the city is very less when com­pared to other cities in the state. The rev­e­la­tion of such large num­ber of il­le­gal wa­ter connections shows how alert the civic of­fi­cials have been,” added Shaikh.

Ke­sar Singh, an­other so­cial worker, said, “It is be­cause of such in­ef­fi­ciency of civic of­fi­cials that the city is suf­fer­ing from 40% wa­ter cut. Morbe dam has a ca­pac­ity to sup­ply 450 MLD of wa­ter to the city which is more than ad­e­quate. How­ever, bad plan­ning and a blind eye to such thefts has led to wa­ter cuts for the first time in the city.”

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