Cidco lays new pipe­lines, Kamothe to get more wa­ter PARCHED NODE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

The new 2-km pipe­line be­tween Khan­desh­war tem­ple and Kamothe will sup­ply and dis­trib­ute wa­ter.

Ma­ha­rash­tra Jal Prad­hikaran (MJP) has agreed to pro­vide City and In­dus­trial Development Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) with 2.5 mld wa­ter to dis­trib­ute in Kamothe.

The town plan­ning agency has also laid new pipe­line in an area of 2 km be­tween Khan­desh­war tem­ple and Kamothe for re­ceiv­ing and dis­tribut­ing wa­ter.

Kamothe gets wa­ter from the Morbe dam of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC). How­ever, the pop­u­la­tion of the node has in­creased man­i­fold in the past few years and the need for more wa­ter is be­ing felt there.

Be­fore the on­set of the mon­soon, the area has seen se­vere wa­ter cri­sis across all sec­tors. Res­i­dents would get wa­ter for half-an-hour and they had to be de­pen­dent on tanker wa­ter.

A group of lo­cal res­i­dents re­cently met the Cidco of­fi­cials at their Be­la­pur of­fice and asked for more wa­ter for the area. The of­fi­cials as­sured them that they would ask for more wa­ter from NMMC.

“We have com­pleted lay­ing of 2 kms of wa­ter pipe­line be­tween Khan­desh­war and Kamothe. As im­me­di­ate re­lief we will take 2.5 mld wa­ter from MJP through this new pipe­line. We will think about other sources of wa­ter in­clud­ing NMMC’s Morbe dam if we still have wa­ter deficit in Kamothe,” a Cidco of­fi­cial said.

He said Cidco has writ­ten to NMMC civic chief ask­ing for 10 mld wa­ter for Kamothe. How­ever, they have not re­ceived any re­ply so far. They are also in touch with Pan­vel Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil to get some wa­ter for the node.

Kamothe re­quires around 36 mld wa­ter to meet its re­quire­ments. How­ever, the node has not got ad­e­quate wa­ter for the last few months.

There was pa­thetic con­di­tion of wa­ter sup­ply dur­ing sum­mer when res­i­dents had to buy wa­ter from tankers.

“Ev­ery mon­soon, we get lots of prom­ises from Cidco about suf­fi­cient wa­ter sup­ply next sum­mer. But when sum­mer comes, we find our­selves in the same wa­ter cri­sis. We hope they will do some­thing con­crete this time,” said Man­deep Kaur, 36, a res­i­dent of sec­tor 35.

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