NMMC Chief Tukaram Mundhe’s formula conceptualized has delivered the result of providing 24×7 water supply to Navi Mumbai .
The civic water supply department claimed that around 30% of the areas under NMMC’s jurisdiction,including nodes like CBD, Nerul, parts of Sanpada, Vashi and Ghansoli, are getting 24×7 supply.
Meanwhile, 3,225 illegal water connections in the city were cut in less than a month, after the new commissioner issued strict warning to the officials.
The civic body is providing an average of 675 litres to be supplied per household, adhering to the national standard benchmark of 135 litre per capita per day (LPCD), said sources.
“We have plans to ensure 24 hours supply to the entire city soon. We are already providing continuous water supply to 30% areas,” said Arvind Shinde, executive engineer, civic water supply.
Notices were issued and valves were reset to curb excess water consumption, said an official. “Instead of supplying surplus water for a limited duration, residents are getting the regulated supply the whole day,” he added.
He also said that the estimated water supply in areas under NMMC last year was about 240 LPCD, which was curtailed to 200 LPCD in the first phase of water cut. “At 240 LPCD the civic body was supplying excess water, as compared to Urban Local Bodies,” he added.
Cutting off illegal connections, and regulated supply to housing societies under strict monitoring, has helped the administration provide 24 hour supply in various areas.
According to officials, the quantum of non-revenue water due to illegal connections has dropped substantially which will bring more revenue to the coffer.
At the same time, surplus water from disconnected lines can be channelized to genuine metered consumers.
It was found that Airoli had the maximum number of illegal connections at 995, followed by 693 in Ghansoli and 688 in Digha. Most of the illegal connections were found in goathan areas.
Activists said that there seems to be a nexus between the corporators and officials in giving such illegal connections to these people to garner votes.
“Most of these illegal connections were found in goathan areas, which was inevitably done to garner votes. There seems to be a nexus between the corporators and officials in giving such illegal connections,” said Ghansoli-based RTI activist Sanjeev Desai.
The civic officials said that they will now take strict action against such illegal connections.
“We will intensify the drive to weed out illegal connections, focusing the village extension areas and slum localities and cut supply through such connections,” said a civic official.
He added that when the offenders come for legal connections, they will be penalized.
“The drive to disconnect illegal lines will continue to minimize the distribution loss as per the instruction of civic chief,” the official said.