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NMMC’s 24×7 water supply false claims exposed in Airoli

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Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s (NMMC) water distribution network today came under standing committee’s scanner as opposition Shiv Sena’s corporators punched holes in the civic body’s 24×7 water supply claim.
“We are supplied water from MIDC and every Friday there is a shut down. When the supply resumes, one or the other pipeline ruptures as they are old and that leads to another shut down for two more days till the repairs are made. People living in Digha don’t get the benefit of water supply from Morbe dam, which is owned by NMMC,” said Jagdish Gavate, a Shiv Sena corporator from Digha.
Echoing similar sentiments, Airoli corporator and Gavate’s colleague MK Madhvi raised questions on shut downs on Fridays. “In Airoli, the civic body is taking a shut down every Friday and water supply is restored only by Monday. What is the reason for taking this step and cutting water supply on every Friday,” he asked.
NCP corporator and former standing committee chairman, Suresh Kulkarni, pointed out at the lack of water supply from Morbe in city’s. Shivram Patil from Sena said, “The 24×7 water supply claim is only on paper. In reality, Airoli and Digha still do not get even minimum supply of water.”
Executive engineer of the water supply department, Arvind Shinde, admitted that during the MIDC shut down, Digha has to go dry, but efforts are made to solve it.
“There is a problem during MIDC shut down, but we try that Morbe water reaches up to the last end of Digha. We do it by diverting water from other areas to this area,” said Shinde. He added, “NMMC was sourcing water from MIDC, Hetawane and Morbe dam.” Later, standing committee chairman, Netra Shirke, directed Shinde to present a detailed report to questions raised in the next meeting.

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