Mumbai: The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation received a virtual dunking from Twitterati, reminiscent of the ice-bucket challenge of yore, for tweeting about having pumped out 14,000 million litres of water in the last 24 hours, transforming from 'hero' to villain in the space of a few hours. On Monday, MaaziMumbai Aapli BMC, MyBMC, patted itself on the back on social media for helping out the hapless citizens. But by 4 pm on Tuesday, the civic body was being soundly slammed in all quarters for violating its own conservation rule -- rainwater harvesting -- and flushing out the water, instead of saving it for a 'rainy' day.
MaaziMumbai Aapli BMC, MyBMC, tweeted, "6 pumping stations of MCGM pumped out more than 14000 Million litres of water and discharged it into the sea which is more than combined capacity of TULSI and VIHAR Lake. This let loose a volley of fire from the public.A citizen remarked, "So much of water getting wasted, need to really think of rain water harvesting... Mumbai population has increased many folds, but did the number of lakes increase??? Need to conserve this water," said Neha Pansari.
Yet another concerned citizen chastised the BMC for the colossal wastage. "Why you have discharged in sea? Why don't you have a water collection system in place...The Modi government is running a drive to preserve water from July 1 to Nov 30. This is the way to pursue with it. Shame!" said Agastya Mirza. Another questioned the civic body for taking pride in the tweet. "Why does it seem like that you guys are proud of it? We need Rain Water Harvesting," said Jashan Thapar.