Certain areas of Navi Mumbai, such as Old & New Panvel, Kalamboli and nearby villages have been suffering from erratic water supply since the last few days. The problem persists despite the existence of enough stock in the reservoirs.
As per some of the locales, both the PCMC and CIDCO have been unable to maintain the regular water supply system. Residents of New Panvel are the worst affected, where they either get insufficient or no supply in all the divisions.
Technical glitches in water supply pumps, poor state of pipelines or pilferage in the supply line of Bhokarpada treatment plant could be the some of the factors for the collapse in the supply system. The authorities are finding themselves in a big dilemma, as they cannot find a better solution for this problem.
Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) is the main water supplier for these nodes, which are responsible for sourcing water from Patalganga river via the Bhokarpada treatment plant. Apart from fixing and changing defunct pumps, MJP has reportedly begun a field survey to detect the problem areas.
“We fixing the problem areas and our engineers are trying to restore full supply,” stated MJP executive engineer S K Dashore.
The officials of CIDCO have pointed their fingers at MJP for the intermittent supply, referring to technical problem in the pumps installed at the treatment plant and the supply source. MJP has been held responsible for the same by PCMC too.
“We are being taken for granted by Cidco who has failed in its promise of uninterrupted water supply,” said Gangaram Rajput, a New Panvel resident.
As stated by PB Kale, the CIDCO superintending engineer of water supply, there has been a gap of 6 to 8 MLD water supplied by MJP in the last 4 days.