Commissioner Vijay Nahata is back in action. The dynamic Commissioner this time has vowed to arrest the wastage of water by the high rises and big and elite housing societies in Navi Mumbai. Nearly 1000 such housing societies have been issued notices under this new initiative. At a time when neighboring cities like Mumbai and Thane are reeling under the worst water crisis of all times, Navi Mumbai must thank NMMC for ensuring that we are so much better off in terms of regular water supply. Even MLA Sandeep Naik had reiterated this during the weekly Standing Committee meeting when the subject of 24 hours water supply from Morbe Dam was raised by a member. When the proposal of laying additional pipelines from Morbe Dam came for approval, Sandeep Naik said that Navi Mumbai was lucky that it is getting regular water supply and is working towards 24 hours when neighboring cities like Mumbai and Thane, though being rich corporations could not even dream of this as they failed to plan anything like this for their cities. But the administration does not want to rest this success here. To ensure that the city gets regular water supply with no hiccups what so ever in the coming years as well, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation under the dynamic leadership of Commissioner Vijay Nahata has undertaken a new initiative. The administration has issued notices to nearly 1000 big and elite housing societies where consumption of water has crossed 200 litres per family. This was revealed in a study conducted by the NMMC Water Dept. Speaking to the media, Commissioner Vijay Nahata said that while we are doing better than Mumbai and Thane, less rains this year could create hiccups in water supply in the coming months so its better to take precautions now itself. The Commissioner informed that they have installed meters in all housing societies in Navi Mumbai and entered into an official agreement with them, that the water consumption in their society will not consume more than 200 litres water per family. However, a recent NMMC study reveals that the elite in big housing societies are consuming more than 200 litres water per family, which will lead to water shortage in the future. The Commissioner explicated that against a cost of Rs. 8 per unit, the NMMC was charging residents only Rs. 4.75 per unit as water charge while the difference of Rs. 3.25 is being borne by NMMC. This is a financial burden and even then there is continuous wastage of water by big housing societies. That’s why NMMC has issued notices and if the societies continue to waste water, NMMC will register serious charges against them. The action will include collecting penalty or even disconnecting water supply to erring housing societies. The administration is also using the help of advertisements to create awareness on this front. We also tried to gauge the response of tax paying citizens on this initiative of NMMC and will it benefit. There’s no doubt that when Commissioner Vijay Nahata personally takes up a subject of public interest in his dynamic and aggressive style, the initiative definitely meets success all the way. With bureau inputs, Monika Bhosale for NMTV News.