Corporators threaten agitation over poor water supply in city
Water shortage in the city caused an uproar in the general body meeting of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) on Tuesday.
Corporators cutting across party lines slammed municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe and the administration.
They alleged that the administration’s policy on water supply is faulty and threatened to launch an agitation if the residents are not supplied adequate water.
The issue was raised through a calling attention motion by NCP corporator Suraj Patil. Patil said, “The residents were getting adequate supply in the summer. However, since the monsoon started, there has been a major problem. The NMMC has a policy of 24x7 water supply. However the administration is sticking to its policy of supplying 135 litres per capita despite it not working well.”
“If the administration does not stop its arbitrary policy, we will launch a massive agitation.”
The corporators complained that they start getting calls from the morning from residents about not receiving water supply. They said that despite NMMC owning a dam, there is water crisis.
Corporator Namdeo Bhagat, “We will tolerate the treatment being meted out to the residents. We will not beg for water. It is our right. If every society does not get water then we will launch a people’s agitation.”
Following the day long discussion, mayor Sudhakar Sonawane said, “We do not want explanations. Immediately start adequate water supply.”
Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe and city engineer Mohan Dagaonkar said changes are being implemented in the water supply department. They claimed that there is no water cut, stating that the system is actually being reformed.
Mundhe said, “NMMC has not yet installed separate meters for commercial users. There is no detailed information available on how much water is used for residential and commercial premises in each ward.”
He said, “There is a possibility of misuse of water by the commercial users since there is little check.”
Sonawane said the explanations are misleading. The commissioner said a proposal for slab wise rates for water consumption will be introduced shortly to help curb wastage.