Kalam­boli res­i­dents protest against pol­luted wa­ter

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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.

RISHIKESH CHOUDHARY

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