Kalamboli residents protest against polluted water
Upset at receiving supply of polluted water for the past almost two months, the residents of Kalamboli led by the Shiv Sena and supported by RPI leaders, took out a rally to CIDCO office on Thursday.
They demanded that the old rusted water pipelines laid by CIDCO be replaced.
The residents were upset on finding that despite CIDCO superintending engineer Kiran Phanse being informed by the police a day earlier about the rally, he was not present in his office citing a meeting.
The residents raised slogans against CIDCO, broke the lock Workers repair the road, which caved in near Shivaji Chowk in Kalyan, on Thursday. The road was still under construction under the widening and concretisation project which started in January. at the main door and entered the office.
A large number of protestors included women. To prevent any untoward incident, the police locked up a gate that leads to CIDCO office to stop the protestors midway. The protestors then squatted near the gate waiting for the officials to come.
The residents had gone to CIDCO office on Wednesday with samples of polluted water that is being received by residents of sector 1 and 3 LIG colony from the CIDCO water pipelines.
The women who had brought water in bottles demanded that they get pure water instead.
Shiv Sena leader Baban Patil said, “We have held meetings with CIDCO officials on the issue but there has been no action on the problem. There was no other alternative but to stage a rally to send a strong message to CIDCO that we will no longer tolerate this.”
Rekha Borde, a woman protester, said: “I have lost my daughter to polluted water. How many more lives do these CIDCO officials want before they take any action?”
The officials turned up almost an hour later to questions from the protesters when their 30 year old water pipelines will be replaced.
CIDCO executive engineer (water supply) Dilip Bokade, “We will repair the pipelines wherever required and in cases where the pipeline is completely rusted, we will replace them.”
The protesters finally relented and went back. Protesters marched to CIDCO office on Thursday, demanding safe drinking water.