Airoli will get Morbe dam wa­ter sup­ply soon: Mundhe

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

Airoli, which gets wa­ter sup­ply from MIDC, will soon get wa­ter from Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s (NMMC) Morbe dam to tide over its prob­lems.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe met res­i­dents of Airoli on Satur­day and as­sured them of im­proved wa­ter sup­ply.

Like ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing, Mundhe set out to in­ter­act with res­i­dents and ad­dress their prob­lems. Chin­choli gar­den at sec­tor 5 saw more jog­gers and morn­ing walk­ers than usual. Most wanted to meet Mundhe and tell him about the prob­lems the node has been fac­ing.

Later, Mundhe said, “The pri­mary is­sues at Airoli are wa­ter, clean­li­ness and hawk­ers.”

He said, “The res­i­dents com­plained that there is no ad­e­quate wa­ter pres­sure on sec­ond, third and fourth floor of build­ings. We will look into it. The pri­mary rea­son seems to be lack of el­e­vated stor­age reser­voir (ESR). We are con­struct­ing an ESR in the area and the prob­lem should be re­solved in two months. ”

He said, “In some ar­eas, though wa­ter is be­ing sup­plied as per the norm of 135 litre per per­son, there are dis­tri­bu­tion and stor­age prob­lems. We will work on the dis­tri­bu­tion is­sue. The res­i­dents will have to look into the wa­ter man­age­ment is­sue and en­sure op­ti­mum use.”

The ba­sic prob­lem in Airoli, ac­cord­ing to Mundhe, is that wa­ter is sup­plied by MIDC through Barve dam. “We have taken a pol­icy de­ci­sion to bring Morbe dam wa­ter pipe­line here to sup­ply wa­ter to the node.”

He said, “The Barve dam wa­ter through MIDC will then be used only dur­ing emer­gen­cies. It will help re­solve the wa­ter sup­ply prob­lem in Airoli.”

The com­mis­sioner said the NMMC will look into the clean­li­ness is­sue. He as­sured res­i­dents that the com­plaints against hawk­ers me­nace will be ver­i­fied and ac­tion taken. Mundhe said the com­plaints of miss­ing links of paver blocks will be re­solved in 15 days.

Deny­ing that the ad­min­is­tra­tion had failed which has re­sulted in a spate of com­plaints, Mundhe said, “The is­sue is that ear­lier ev­ery­thing hap­pened from the head of­fice. Now, we have de­cen­tralised the de­ci­sion­mak­ing at the ward level.”

He said, “There are zonal of­fi­cers at the wards who have now been given author­ity to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion to en­sure the res­i­dents’ is­sues are re­solved.”

He said that the pace of the work has been slow and they are de­ter­mined to speed up the process.

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