Taloja MIDC may get treated wa­ter from Cidco ar­eas

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Navi Mumbai crime branch raided a bar at Nerul on Fri­day and res­cued four women who were al­legedly forced into pros­ti­tu­tion.

The po­lice had re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about the flesh trade at Radha Kr­ishna: Raj Inn restau­rant and lodge at MIDC Shir­vane. “We had re­ceived a tip-off that the man­ager, cashier and wait­ers of the lodge were in­volved in flesh trade and they were procur­ing women with the help of some agents,” said a se­nior of­fi­cer from crime branch.

The po­lice sent two of­fi­cers pos­ing as cus­tomer to the bar. Af­ter get­ting con­firmed re­ports, a po­lice team con­ducted the raid and res­cued the women.

They ar­rested the man­ager, cashier and waiter for forc­ing the girls into flesh trade.

The ar­rested per­sons in­clude man­ager Ra­jesh Ra­mananda Shetty, 33, cashier Mukund Khedan Ya­dav, 38, and Dhi­raj Cham­risao Kumar, 23.

“The res­cued women had been work­ing there for the past sev­eral months. Af­ter con­duct­ing med­i­cal tests at NMMC hos­pi­tal in Vashi, we have sent them to a re­mand home,” the of­fi­cer said.

CIDCO has given pos­i­tive re­sponse to the de­mand for sup­ply­ing treated wa­ter from its nodes to Taloja MIDC in­dus­trial area to en­sure ad­e­quate wa­ter sup­ply in the re­gion.

Taloja in­dus­trial area has a daily re­quire­ment of 47 mld wa­ter sup­ply. Such sup­ply will help re­solve the present wa­ter sup­ply short­age there.

Most of the around 55 mld of treated wa­ter from CIDCO res­i­den­tial ar­eas is re­leased in the creek. Of the treated wa­ter just 8 mld wa­ter is used by sup­ply­ing it to the golf course and gar­dens.

MAHAGENCO had pro­posed gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric­ity from the treated wa­ter. How­ever, since no de­ci­sion was taken on it, the wa­ter con­tin­ues to be re­leased in the creek.

The wastage of treated wa­ter had come to the fore this sum­mer, when there was acute short­age of wa­ter. The MIDC in­dus­tries had to face 30% wa­ter cut this sum­mer. Since there would be shut­down on 2 days, its ef­fect would also be felt on the third day due to low pres­sure of wa­ter sup­ply.

Taloja Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (TMA) has been fol­low­ing up on the is­sue of use of treated wa­ter from the sewage treat­ment plants of New Pan­vel, Khanda colony, Kalam­boli, Kamothe and Kharghar be­ing used for the Taloja in­dus­tries.

TMA held a meet­ing with in­dus­tries min­is­ter Sub­hash De­sai on the de­mand for wa­ter. He had been in­formed that the short­age in MIDC could be made up by sup­ply­ing treated wa­ter.

A meet­ing had also been held on the is­sue with chief min­is­ter Devendra Fad­navis by TMA pres­i­dent San­deep Don­gre and sec­re­tary Jayeshree Katkar.

Katkar said, “Wa­ter can be taken from Kalam­boli and Kharghar im­me­di­ately. There is how­ever an is­sue over who will bear the cost of the sup­ply — Cidco, MIDC or the state gov­ern­ment.”

She said, “The treated wa­ter gen­er­ated at present can­not be used for pro­duc­tion pur­poses by the in­dus­tries. It can only be used for wash­ing, cool­ing and gar­dens here. Its RO level will have to be in­creased to be used for pro­duc­tion pur­pose.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ki­ran Phanse, su­per­in­tend­ing en­gi­neer, Cidco, “At present, wa­ter is be­ing sup­plied to some gar­dens. There are plans to di­vert it to the in­dus­tries.”

MIDC is con­duct­ing a sur­vey for the use of treated wa­ter. Ac­cord­ing to MIDC di­vi­sional en­gi­neer, CV Cha­van, “We are con­duct­ing sur­veys to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­ity of us­ing treated wa­ter from MIDC ar­eas for the in­dus­tries. “

He said, “At the higher level, a global agency has been ap­pointed to sur­vey the op­tions of us­ing treated wa­ter from neigh­bour­ing town­ships and also re-use of wa­ter from the in­dus­tries.”

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