To avoid a political flare-up over the water management issue, Guardian Minister Girish Bapat may have stayed away from declaring an increase in water cuts in the city, but on the ground, citizens across the PMC jurisdiction have started feeling the heat with cuts in their supply.
The civic administration maintained that there has been no increase in water cuts and it continues to implement the alternate day water supply in the city. “There is no need to increase water cut for now. There are no such directions,” said a civic official.
The PMC has been drawing the same amount of water everyday (0.03 TMC), the official said, adding that the need of citizens might have increased due to rising temperature leading to a shortage. Shankar More of Hingne said that the PMC had implemented its alternate day supply since last October and accordingly their housing society has managed the same.
“The PMC claims that it supplies the same amount of water now as well. However, the increased demand of water has disturbed the management in the society leading to shortage,” More said, adding that the society has changed its timetable to supply water to the members.
In Kondhwa, Mayura Joshi said that her society is receiving insufficient water and citizens are suffering due to poor management by the PMC. “The situation is such that people rush to the water connection in the parking area to get water for themselves. Housing society members have to come down to the parking area to get water,” she said.
MNS corporator Rupali Patil Thombre said that the worst affected area in the city is the central part. “Citizens are not getting sufficient water and we have to face their anger. The PMC claims that there has been no increase in water cuts but the sufferings of citizens have increased,” she added.