MUMBAI: South Mumbai area of India’s business capital is known for one of the most expensive real estate zones not just in India but in the entire world. This area can boast of many big landmarks and among them are residences of some of the richest and most famous people in India. But this VIP zone of South Mumbai is now facing an unprecedented problem since the past few weeks. Its suffering from acute water shortage.
Residents of South Mumbai are complaining since the past few days that there is just not enough water being supplied to them by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation ( BMC).
Residents of areas such as Girgaum, Colaba and Cuff Parade and even the posh locality of Peddar road are seen complaining and now coming out on the roads to complain about the water crisis which is haunting them since the past few weeks and the BMC seems clueless about whats exactly gone wrong. Even minister’s residences have not been getting proper water since the past few days.
When asked about this the PWD department, that maintains the minister’s bungalows claimed that now there is no problem. The BMC is now supplying sufficient water.
While the BMC said that there is not such water cut imposed in the area. There might be some local issue and we are finding it.
Because of the cut in water supply the residents of Colaba and Fort are forced to buy water from tanker by paying huge amount. Sujata Sanap, Shiv Sena Corporator from Fort said that the For area had a water cut for last one month, "I am sending letters to the BMC and complaining, but the BMC is not listening," she said. 'I also advised the civic officials to check whether the pipeline is ruptured due to the Metro work or not, no progress," she said.
While Adv Makarand Narvekar, BJP corporator from Colaba alleged that the BMC and the tanker mafia has nexus and the BMC is helping the mafia, by forcing the people to buy the water from tankers. "The problem is for last one months and the BMC is not able to fix it . We are not getting sufficient water supply and pressure to fill our overhead tanks of the society and we have to call the tanker by paying them," he said.
The official from BMC's hydraulic department said that there is a problem in the supply network, they are trying get the problem first and the are they can fix it.
While Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner of BMC' A ward said that the pipeline network is too old and corroded. Due to which there are many leakages on the supply network and the supply could not get sufficient pressure," Dighavkar said. "We are trying to fix the problem, We have appointed special team to address the problem as soon as the complaint receives," he said.
Ashok Tawadia, chief hydraulic engineer of BMC, said “There is no water cut at all and there is default supply of water everywhere. If at all there are any complaints, we will try and resolve them.