Lok Sabha elections 2019: First, give us water then talk about vikas, say Parle residents

Mumbai: It is heavy weather for residents, as well as door-to-door poll campaigners for various parties, as canvassing for the Lok Sabha elections in Mumbai intensifies. Corporators and legislators are currently vying for the attention of the voters.

In Vile Parle, however, residents are loth to entertain any such interaction. They are reeling under an acute water shortage for the past few days and have asked all political leaders to first provide water and then talk about vikas (development).

Much to the chagrin of aspiring MPs, people seem to be stuck over road, gutter and water issues, even as the former are eager to speak to them on issues of national importance. However, the residents of Parle and other water-scarce pockets in Mumbai feel when the administration fails to provide basic amenities, this is equally an issue of national importance.

So when corporators go knocking at voters’ doors, canvassing for their MP candidates, residents ask them what they are doing about the water problem. Corporators on the stump are stumped to be questioned in this manner. BJP corporator Jyoti Alvani said even the hydraulic department was not responding to the complaints regarding the scarcity of water supply in her ward.

“I am currently busy campaigning for the elections in my ward at Vile Parle. Due to low pressure, the areas here are getting less water supply and these areas are in my division. Senior citizens and elderly women visit my office to complain every day about the acute water shortage.

I had to leave the campaign rallies and run to my office to address these problems. I tried to make them understand about the situation,” said Alvani.  However, another BJP corporator, Vidyarthi Singh, also complained about the serious problem of water scarcity in his ward at Borivli. There is water shortage at Kasturi Road, Rai Dongri, Khandelwal Dongri and other areas.

“According to the BMC, there is only a 10 per cent water cut, but BJP corporator Pankaj Yadav said, in his ward at Jogeshwari, the water cut is nearly 40-50 per cent. Many times we have raised this issue but we get no response from the administration,” complained Singh.

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