Cor­po­ra­tors threaten ag­i­ta­tion over poor wa­ter sup­ply in city

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

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.

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