Across the state, so far 19 dams have zero water stock, including Khadakpurna and Pentakli (Buldhana); Gosikhurd (Bhandara); Dina (Gadchiroli); Bham and Punegaon (Nashik); Pimpalgaon, Ghod and Temghar (Pune); Bhima (Solapur); Kundali Tata and Lonavala Tata.
“After the senior citizen, others in the area voiced that they had to go to as far as Badlapur to pay their bills. When I went to speak to the officers, I was told there is no manpower,” he further said, adding, “the officers are hardly there in their chairs during working hours.”
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB), in a statement, said, “Due to closure of Upper Ganga Canal, raw water is being lifted from Yamuna Intake... High content of ammonia has been found in the water lifted from Yamuna."
Even as the Municipal Corporation had made it mandatory for people having houses of one kanal and above to have tertiary treated water connection, only 1800 of nearly 7,600 houses have taken the connections.
The municipal body’s financial losses from water works has reportedly increased by Rs 60 crore per annum, leading to demands, from both opposition parties and the local community, for the ouster of the private player.
Special emphasis would be on implementing the model in the 100 Smart Cities and 500 cities chosen for infrastructure augmentation under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).