Airoli, Kopar Khairane still face wa­ter cri­sis

RES­I­DENTS UP­SET Al­though NMMC says it’s a tech­ni­cal prob­lem, it also cites wa­ter theft and wastage as rea­sons for the short­age

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­ Morbe Dam

De­spite good rain­fall in Morbe dam catch­ment area, there are still ar­eas in the city which are reel­ing un­der wa­ter cri­sis. The two most pop­u­lated nodes of Airoli and Kopar Khairane are among them.

Res­i­dents in sev­eral ar­eas of Airoli and the north­ern part of Kopar Khairane are hav­ing a tough time as they get wa­ter only once in a day.

Those liv­ing above the third floor, say the wa­ter pres­sure is low and so the wa­ter sup­ply that they get does not mean much.

The res­i­dents, who had been as­sured of 24x7 wa­ter, are not get­ting enough even for a few hours.

Man­ish Gehlot, a res­i­dent of Airoli, said: “NMMC has planned sup­ply of wa­ter to the city as per a pop­u­la­tion of 12 lakh peo­ple. Wa­ter is be­ing sup­plied as per 135 litres per capita.”

He added, “How­ever, the fact is that pop­u­la­tion has in­creased in sev­eral ar­eas and hence the wa­ter be­ing sup­plied is in­ad­e­quate. In­stead of 320 mld wa­ter at least 380 mld wa­ter should be sup­plied to the city.”

While the south­ern ar­eas of CBD Be­la­pur, Nerul (bar­ring sec­tor 2 and 8), Vashi and Turbhe are get­ting ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply, half of Kopar Khairane and 25% of Airoli res­i­dents are fac­ing acute wa­ter short­age.

In the last cou­ple of days, there have been over 20 com­plaints of lack of wa­ter sup­ply from Airoli.

Geeta Pansare, an Airoli res­i­dent, said: “We hardly get two hours of wa­ter sup­ply and have to stock as much as we can in it. Some of us have over­head tanks but they do not fill up.”

Morbe dams wa­ter level has risen to 80 m but the wa­ter stock is still just 65% and hence the NMMC is be­ing cau­tious in the use of the avail­able wa­ter.

The is­sue was to be raised in the stand­ing com­mit­tee mee­ing on Fri­day, but it was ad­journed be­cause the mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner was not present.

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