Water scarcity at Jui vil­lage as Cidco looks the other way

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com MANSAROVAR:

While Cidco is on a devel­op­ment spree in the city, even ini­ti­at­ing mega projects, there are still ba­sic ar­eas which have been ne­glected for a long time. Th­ese in­clude water sup­ply in Cidco ju­ris­dic­tion ar­eas.

One such area, that has been suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous water scarcity is Jui vil­lage, sit­u­ated on the west side of Mansarovar rail­way sta­tion. Though Cidco is sup­ply­ing water to the vil­lage, it is not enough for the vil­lagers.

Jui vil­lage is ne­glected in many ways be­cause of the urbanisati­on of nearby ar­eas. But many labour­ers work­ing in the city de­pend on this vil­lage for their shel­ter. The labour­ers who de­velop our cities are be­ing ne­glected and are hav­ing to face prob­lems with even ba­sic ameni­ties. Even their chil­dren are fac­ing dif­fi­cul­ties in school, as there is no water sup­ply there.

Ear­lier, Jui vil­lages re­peat­edly com­plained to vil­lage au­thor­i­ties, as there would be no water sup­ply for many days in the vil­lage. The vil­lage pan­chayat then sought as­sis­tance from Cidco, which is now sup­ply­ing water for an hour ev­ery al­ter­nate day.

A small water tank of the Gram Pan­chayat cur­rently sup­plies water to the vil­lage and a new water tank is un­der con­struc­tion, which is ex­pected to be func­tional in two months.

Rekha Gaik­wad, a teacher from the zilla parishad school of Jui, said: “The vil­lage pan­chayat and au­thor­i­ties con­cerned should take im­me­di­ate ac­tion to sup­ply enough water to the vil­lage. Stu­dents in the school here are from very poor back­grounds and we are un­able to pro­vide water for them.”

Roy, a res­i­dent of Jui vil­lage said, “Water is be­ing sup­plied here now but it is not enough for our fam­ily as well as the vil­lage. We have to wait for two days for next water sup­ply. Even the new water tank that is un­der con­struc­tion is too small to take care of the needs of the vil­lage.”

Sreenath Mathre, who has a busi­ness firm in Jui said, “Water scarcity is a ma­jor prob­lem, be­cause of which many peo­ple are leav­ing the vil­lage and mi­grat­ing to ur­ban ar­eas. My busi­ness also de­pends greatly on water sup­ply, so the government should take im­me­di­ate ac­tion.”

San­jay Chawdary, a re­tail shop­keeper as well as a so­cial worker says, “Most of the vil­lagers are suf­fer­ing from scarcity of ba­sic re­quire­ments like water, which needs im­me­di­ate at­ten­tion.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Af­ter no ac­tion was taken de­spite re­peated com­plaints, vil­lage res­i­dents fi­nally sought Cidco’s as­sis­tance.

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