In order to decrease the water shortage in Navi Mumbai, the PCMC has made peculiar decision to cut water supply to new buildings and even redeveloped ones in areas of old Panvel.
Because of this move, a lot of complaints have been raised from disappointed old Panvel residents. Corporators have requested the PCMC to restore water supply to the new and redeveloped buildings.
“Keeping in mind the water scarcity, the administration has issued instructions to its staff to tide over the water crisis. Accordingly, no new water connections are being given in Panvel,” PCMC water supply committee president Nilesh Baviskar said.
Water supply department engineer D R Alghat said, “Our deputy civic chief has given written instruction not to give new water connections to new applicants. The decision was taken in view of water crisis.”
Many are expressing disappointment on how redeveloped buildings issued with OCs are facing water scarcity. “We have been trying to acquire new water supply connection as demanded by residents of a redevelopment project. The previous connections have not been restored even after paying the due charges,” corporator advocate Vrushali Waghmare said.
A Panvel resident said, “Ours is a new building. The builder says no water supply connection will be provided to us due to the current water crisis. New connections will be issued after the onset of monsoon. Till then we are dependent on water tankers.”
“PCMC has completed laying of over 20km-long pipeline out of the 27 km planned stretch in Panvel under the AMRUT scheme worth Rs 17.5 crore. Hence water tanker demands have reduced. Also, distribution loss of around 20 per cent has also reduced.However, the alternate day water supply will continue in Panvel,” said Baviskar.