NMMC in review mode: 24X7 water supply possible
CBD BELAPUR: Even as Navi Mumbai reels under an acute water shortage due to the 33% cut in water supply, it turns out that mismanagement is the reason behind the shortage. Enough water is being supplied as per the norms for the city to cater to its population and ensure a 24-hour water supply.
Municipal Commissioner Tukaram Munde has ordered a complete review and overhaul of the water supply system in the city to plug areas which are causing the shortage. He has entrusted the work to city engineer Mohan Dagaonkar, who daily reviews the action being taken by the water supply department.
According to Dagaonkar, “An average of 150 litres of water is required, per person, in a day. With 300 mld being supplied to the city every day, it is enough for the city even if we consider the population to be 15 lakh people. .”
He added that Munde recently reviewed the management of the water supply in the city and pointed out lacunas in the system. “He has ordered that requisite changes be made at the earliest,” said Dagaonkar.
“Our policy has always been to ensure a 24x7 water supply to the city. Accordingly, pipelines were laid from Morbe dam to the Parsik Hill MBR which is located at a height of 24 rl. From there, water was supposed to reach households by the sheer force of gravity. Pumping stations are required only at 5-6 places due to height issues and not the several locations they are presently at,” he added.
Dagaonkar also said that the water should reach even the top floors of CIDCO-constructed buildings which do not have
overhead tanks. These buildings have a maximum of 5 floors and are 15 m in height. “Even if they are located at 10 m, the height will climb to 25 or a maximum 35-40 m which is still less than 74 m, which, as per the law of physics, the gravitational force can take water upto,” he added.
Dagaonkar also stated that SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) was looking into the distribution network. He added that reducing pumping stations would also bring down electrical and contractor costs.
Boys filling water from the leakage in the water pipeline get relief from heat at Karanjade village, Panvel.