The state has been reeling under the acute water shortage due to the drought. The water level of lakes supplying water to Mumbai has alarmingly gone down. On this backdrop, the lethargic attitude of civic officials has come to fore as lakhs of litre water is getting wasted from a pipeline at Sion-Pratiksha Nagar from last 10 months. This has resulted in the supply of contaminated water to the residents of Shivshaji Project and their health is under threat from this water.
The local residents have alleged that the BMC and the MHADA authorities have been neglecting their complaints.
As per information, lakhs of litre precious water is getting wasted from the pipeline near M-11 building near Sunder Vihar Hotel in Sion-Pratiksha Nagar area. The water is getting wasted from last 10 months. The construction of a building by B G Construction is underway in this area and this has given a cause to the builder and the BMC and MHADA authorities to point fingers at each other. As the pipeline is close to the sewer line, the water gets contaminated. This contaminated water is supplied to families from 40 buildings in the old Shivshahi project. This water carries a foul smell and residents fear that they will be fall victim to diseases during the rainy season. They have demanded that the BMC and concerned authorities should immediately do something to stop leakage of this pipeline.
The place where this pipeline has got leaked used to have a transition camp. It was discarded by MHADA in the year 2007. As these pipelines have no lids lakhs of litre water is getting wasted every single day.
Local MNS shakha pramukh, Shankar Kavilkar, has alleged that the BMC and MHADA authorities are intentionally neglecting the demand of people even after registering their complaints many times. Kavilkar has warned to protest against these authorities in the MNS style if they fail to fix the problem.
When contacted, Anand Shinde, junior engineer in F-North ward, pointed a finger towards MHADA and said that it was the MHADA’s responsibility to repair this pipeline. After getting a complaint this regard, they have got it fixed from MHADA five days back.