BMC's 24 hour water supply scheme for city a pipe dream?

    BMC's 24 hour water supply scheme for city a pipe dream?
    Mumbai  -  

    The Shiv Sena had promised Mumbaikars 24 hours water supply, but it appears to have remained a pipe dream.

    But even after three years, the pilot based scheme has not been fulfilled in Mulund and Khar West, say opposition leaders in the civic body. At the civic standing committee meeting on Thursday, BJP group leader Manoj Kotak said that in order to supply the water to the Mumbai residents for twenty-four hours, projects on an experimental basis in 'T' and 'H / West' departments were started.

    Manoj Kotak said that so far Rs 28 to 30 crore have been given to Swiss contractors for this work and a further Rs 70 to 80 crore are owed. The project, he said, has not been successful.  The company has 350 to 400 employees and the Municipal Water Vendor Department has only 13 employees, and the project appears to exist only on paper, he alleged.

    Kotak said that water engineer, Ashok Kumar Tawadia has given the contract to the company for 63 months, and three years have already elapsed. The company has been given the contract to supply purified water 24 hours a day, as also the mandate for ensuring GIS mapping, maps, luggage distribution, customer survey, slum improvement etc. 

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