Mumbai: Shiv Sena MLA seeks ban on new construction projects

Bhayandar: At a time when the BJP has claimed the credit for the rollback of the imposed water-cuts and improving supply by 40 MLD in near future, a local Shiv Sena leader has sought a ban on new constructions. He has also demanded the issuance of occupancy certificates owing to the water scarcity.

To counter the looming water crisis, a delegation of Shiv Sena leaders, led by legislator Pratap Sarnaik, met Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) chief Balaji Khatgaonkar on Saturday and demanded immediate implementation of the ban till the completion of the Surya Water Scheme. It is expected the supply to the twin-city will augment by 218 MLD.

Sarnaik, who had raised the issue during the ongoing monsoon session of the State Assembly, also asked Khatgaonkar to conduct an audit to detect and weed out anomalies and unjustified imbalances in the water distribution system.

“To check the ground reality of the demand and supply, a water audit will be done soon,” said Khatgaokar.

However, the MBMC is banking on the additional 40 MLD water to sail through the crisis, sans imposition of the ban. Against the requirement of 225 MLD, with a population of over 14 lakh, the twin-city has a total supply of 176 MLD, provided jointly by MIDC and STEM water supply authority.

Owing to leaks, unaccounted supply and theft, the actual supply hovers around 170 MLD on average. Notably, after six years, the MBMC, on the virtue of the new 75 MLD water supply scheme, had lifted the ban on issuance of new connections on May 1, 2017.

Presently, there are more than 34,500 residential and 3,200 commercial water connections in the twin-city.

By Suresh Golani

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