Maharashtra minister orders BMC to restore MBMC water supply
After more than eight years of waiting, the twin city’s water supply will soon increase by 1.5 MLD. Stung by the cold response of the Brihanmumbai Mumbai Corporation (BMC) to repeated demands for their allocated water quota to be restored, a delegation of city officials led by Legislator- Geeta Jain and Commissioner- Dilip Dhole, met with the Minister of Water Resources – Jayant Patil seeking his intervention in the case.
“The minister not only ordered the BMC to begin a trial of the supply, but also ordered officials to submit a compliance report within a week.” informed Jain.
After the Zilla Parishad, Thane commissioned a water supply system in 1967 for the former villages of the twin city, the BMC had agreed to supply 2.5 MLD, this in addition to taking responsibility for supplying water. water to various industrial establishments on the highway and those falling under the MIDC. The arrangements worked for almost four decades, but after a major outage due to road widening works, services came to a screeching halt never to resume again.
This is despite the fact that MBMC not only spent Rs.60 lakh as contribution towards laying new water supply pipes but also deposited Rs.22.20 lakhs for security deposit for cross connections. It should be noted that after an approval in principle by the BMC to boost the supply of the twin town by 1.5 MLD on January 22, 2014, the MBMC continued to facilitate water connections to the new MHADA settlements in the twin town.
However, when the stalemate did not reach its logical end, the MBMC even threatened to cut off the water supply to all MHADA buildings. Against the requirement of more than 225 MLD, the twin city has an allocated supply of 211 MLD provided jointly by the water supply authority MIDC (125 MLD) and STEM (86 MLD). However, the actual supply continues to fall below 200 MLD as the twin city continues to lose a huge amount of potable water in transit daily due to leaks, unaccounted for supply and theft.
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Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2022, 8:26 PM IST