NMMC in re­view mode: 24X7 wa­ter sup­ply pos­si­ble

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

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.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Boys fill­ing wa­ter from the leak­age in the wa­ter pipe­line get re­lief from heat at Karan­jade vil­lage, Pan­vel.

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