Mumbai : Since slums post-1995 are not eligible for a BMC water connection, they try to get an illegal connection and resort to water theft. In a letter to BMC’s urban development department, Ramesh Bamble, Chief Engineer (Hydraulics) has asked the govt to provide such slums with legal water connections in order to prevent water theft.
BMC supplies 3700 MLD water every day to Mumbai. But due to water theft, illegal connections and leakages, 27 per cent of water is wasted everyday.
Last year, 5,251 illegal water connections were detected by BMC in Mumbai City which had the highest number of such illegal connections, that is 2,137. Eastern Suburbs had 2,019 illegal water connections which is the second highest number of illegal connections followed by Western suburbs which had 1,095 unauthorised connections.
According to procedure, a BMC official said, the BMC cuts unauthorised water connection and fines the concerned person. It then files a FIR against the person who has been using the water. But several times, BMC doesn’t know who is using illegal water connection. So how can BMC take action against illegal connection. And thus, the modus operandi goes on.
BMC official also said that slum-dwellers are getting water from the water mafia. And water mafia is notorious for using illegal water connections.
Bamble said, BMC has given legal water connection to up until 1995 slum areas. So BMC should legalise water connections for post-1995 slums too so that water theft can be controlled. Also he said, BMC will send water bills after legalising post-1995 slums for official water connections.