The nodes in PCMC are suffering from severe water crisis despite the good monsoon last year and overflowing dams. The housing societies are forced to use the water stock that was reserved for dousing fire.
Most societies have water stock that is solely reserved for emergency purposes. However, now they’re forced to use that stock household purposes due to the water crisis.
The reason for the ongoing water crisis is because of the exploitation done by the tank suppliers. Not only are they supplying water from unreliable sources, but they are also charging exorbitantly.
Panvel, New Panvel, Kalamboli, Kamothe and Kharghar are some of the areas in Navi Mumabi that are on the receiving end of the water supply issues. Another reason for the lack of water supply is the poor decisions made by CIDCO, NMMC, and MJP.
“People manage during weekdays. However, during weekends the entire family is at home and we have to call for more water tankers. We have complained to Cidco and NMMC, but nothing has been done yet,” said, Vishal Rane, secretary of Bhoomi Harmony, Sector 18.
He even mentioned how the situation worsened this week as they had to divert the stock water from emergency situations to using it for everyday purpose and also the water pressure was thin.
S Patel, committee member of Tirupati Dhara, Kharghar, Sector 9 said, “Irrespective of the rainfall we receive, it’s the same story every year. Water crisis has made our life difficult. Every summer, we pay additional charges for water tankers. Till now, we were managing with tankers, but sometimes we are forced to use water stored for emergency situations.”
PCMC water supply committee chief Nilesh Baviskar said, “Supply from MJP and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) has reduced owing to technical problems and water loss due to leakages. We have plugged the leakages. Cidco and NMMC too have been informed. We are looking at options and may borrow water from NMMC.”