Women from Ganesh Murti Nagar slums in Cuffe Parade lashed out at Congress MP from Mumbai-South constituency Milind Deora during his visit to Dhobi Ghat in Ambedkar Nagar Thursday, complaining that the issue of acute water shortage in the Ambedkar Nagar and Murti Nagar slums had been neglected repeatedly.
While residents waited for over two hours, hoping to discuss their problems with Deora, they were left disappointed when he stayed in Dhobi Ghat for 10 minutes and another five minutes in the Ambedkar Nagar slums.
“I carry do my laundry at employer’s flat. There has been water scarcity in our area for years,” said Mala Gargode (55), resident of Ambedkar Nagar.
Rajo Devi, 40, member of ‘Nari Shakti’, a group which aims at addressing problems in slums and whose members are clad in red saris, said the residents have to buy water in ‘black’, which costs them Rs 500 to Rs 5,000 per month depending on the size of the family. Devi told Deora, “In the last elections, you had promised water. This time, too, we are raising the same issue.”
Another resident of Ambedkar Nagar, Diago Fernandes (56), said, “There are around around 10 toilets for a population of more than 30,000. Sometimes, we have to wait for an hour. We need basic amenities, not politics.”
Deora, who has won from the Mumbai-South constituency for two successive terms, said, “Till Congress is in power, you (slum-dwellers) do not need to leave Mumbai.”
“The party that will give us taps and water will get our vote,” said Gargode.