For Shubhangi Jadhav, 62, and her household of eight together with two toddlers, each morning consists of filling up buckets of water of their residence at Haware Metropolis in Kasarvadavali, Thane. Just like the Jadhavs, there are round 1,700 households in eight societies inside Haware Metropolis and every society has to spend round 2 lakh for tankers each month.
Equally, there are some areas in Diva and Mumbra that fall beneath the jurisdiction of Thane Municipal Company however proceed to face water scarcity. It is because the water provided to those areas by the civic physique is way decrease than the required or allotted amount. The scorching summer season provides to the inconvenience brought on as a result of water scarcity.
Vinod Pawar, deputy metropolis engineer, water provide division, TMC, mentioned, “There was a shut down by TMC in some components of the town as we have been fixing pipelines and finishing upkeep work. Furthermore, now we have put in a plan to succeed in out to particular person buildings throughout the civic physique, perceive the water provide issues and discover a answer for a similar.”
In the meantime, these residing in areas the place there’s insufficient provide of water are struggling. “Because the water obtainable is much less, even when we’re late in opening the faucets by a couple of minutes, the stream of the water is much less. Regardless of having a small tank at residence, I’ve to fill the buckets,” added Jadhav whose sons and daughters-in-law are working professionals. Jadhav has to deal with her grandchildren, aged husband and handle the chore of filling up buckets every day.
These societies are solely receiving 50% of the allotted water provide from the TMC. Within the final one week, constructing Nos. 27 and 28 inside Haware Metropolis known as for 11 tankers regardless of which they might solely present an hour of water provide. Ninad Pimparkar, secretary of constructing Nos. 27 and 28, mentioned, “We’re speculated to get 9 lakh liters of water from the TMC however we’re solely receiving on a mean 4.5L or 5L litres. This isn’t adequate. Therefore, now we have to name for tankers, which offer borewell water and is generally used for cleansing and washing vessels. Many who don’t have a water filter at residence depend on mineral water for consuming.”
Residents of Diva and Mumbra are additionally dealing with an analogous difficulty. Within the final one month, Shivaji Nagar, Dargah Street, MK Compound, Dadi Colony in Mumbra have been dealing with a extreme water disaster. Diva itself requires 35 million liters of water whereas it receives solely 29 million liters.
“This isn’t only a downside that we face throughout summer season. With improvement within the neighborhood, the strain of water can be subsiding. In summers, the difficulty aggravates as the necessity for water will increase throughout,” mentioned Aarohi Jadhav, 43, a resident of Diva.
Residents from many housing societies have been assembly the TMC officers because the final two months, “We’re upgrading the water provide community such that there are not any leakages and the water reaches all of the housing societies as per the allotted amount,” added Pawar.
Vipin Sharma, TMC commissioner, mentioned, “In low-lying areas like Diva and Mumbra, the previous aqueducts that carry water should be repaired. As it’s tough to restore them, we’re planning to arrange new aqueducts that may assist enhance the water provide. Nevertheless, this may take a while to come back into impact. Within the meantime, we are attempting our greatest to supply tankers to many of the areas that aren’t having sufficient provide.”
The TMC has deliberate to re-model the water provide scheme for Mumbra, Diva and Ghodbunder Street. This venture commenced in February 2019 and had a price range of 169.42Cr. This may assist keep away from leakage points and make sure that sufficient water reaches the shoppers. The re-modelling of the Ghodbunder Street stretch has been totally accomplished whereas the work for the Mumbra and Diva stretch continues to be beneath progress.
Ashish Arghade, 44, a resident of Hill Spring Society, Kavesar, mentioned, “Now we have been dealing with water scarcity because the final two years. Regardless of repeated complaints to the civic physique, now we have not but obtained steady water provide. We’re with out water provide for greater than six hours a day and need to spend 20,000 on tankers weekly.”