Wa­ter sup­ply im­proves in most ar­eas

Those who con­sume more than the al­lot­ted sup­ply will be served no­tice ask­ing them to re­strict the us­age

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy and Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­du­tan­times.com

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Around 30% of Navi Mumbai is re­ceiv­ing 24x7 wa­ter sup­ply.

Say­ing this, the Navi Mumbai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion said it had dis­con­nected 3,225 il­le­gal wa­ter con­nec­tions in the city in the past one month.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe had in­structed his of­fi­cials to en­sure that the city gets 24x7 wa­ter as per the na­tional per cap­itage av­er­age. The task had been given to city en­gi­neer Mo­han Da­gaonkar, who has un­der­taken sev­eral mea­sures through the wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment, to pre­vent wastage of wa­ter and en­sure its max­i­mum us­age.

The depart­ment has in­ten­si­fied the clam­p­down on il­le­gal wa­ter con­nec­tions in the city. A whop­ping 3,225 il­le­gal wa­ter con­nec­tions have been dis­con­nected within a month.

Da­gaonkar said, “To en­sure that the res­i­dents re­ceive ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply, the com­mis­sioner in­structed the wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment that it sup­ply 24x7 wa­ter to the res­i­dents at 135 litres per day per per­son.”

He added, “Ac­cord­ingly we have started dis­tribut­ing wa­ter 24x7 to sev­eral ar­eas in the city in var­i­ous nodes.”

Da­gaonkar said that the com­mis­sioner had or­dered that the wa­ter be used ju­di­ciously and legally.

Da­gaonkar said, “Un­der the guid­ance of the com­mis­sioner, we are work­ing to pro­vide 24x7 wa­ter sup­ply to other ar­eas of the city as well. We will also in­ten­sify ac­tion against il­le­gal wa­ter con­nec­tions.”

The move will en­sure ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply to res­i­dents and the city’s wa­ter sup­ply will im­prove.

“Those who con­sume more than the 135 litres per per­son per day (LPCD) will be served no­tice ask­ing them to re­strict the us­age. If they fail to re­spond, a sec­ond no­tice will be served af­ter two days. If they still con­tinue to ex­ceed the limit, their sup­ply will be restricted with the help of spe­cial valves fit­ted to the sup­ply line,” said Arvind Shinde, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment of NMMC.

In a bid to en­sure that res­i­dents get wa­ter sup­ply round the clock, the wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment has also been tak­ing a strict drive against il­le­gal wa­ter con­nec­tion since last one month across the mu­nic­i­pal ju­ris­dic­tion. Of­fi­cials from the wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment said that a to­tal of 3225 such il­le­gal con­nec­tions have been snapped by the en­gi­neers dur­ing their au­dit.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

A woman fills wa­ter from a bro­ken pipe in Navi Mumbai. ■

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