Navi Mumbai is facing a water shortage possibility for this monsoon and in order to ensure that the city does not run out of water, the BMC has implemented a 20% water cut for the same. Residents of Khandeshwar and Kamothe have started approaching local politicians to help solve their problems.
The entire city is facing a lot of trouble such as the erratic supply of water and needless to mention, water shortage. Sumati Dhere, a 38-year-old resident of Khandeshwar told the India Express that, “I haven’t used my washing machine for a week as there isn’t enough water. We managed with water supplied by tankers all of last week.”
“I wanted to get my hair cut and went to a high-end salon. But I was turned away, they didn’t have water for the hair wash,” a 24-year-old resident of Classic Srishti in Khandeshwar told the Indian Express.
However, Khandeshwar has been facing water cuts every April but this time it has become worse for them. A resident from Kamothe also spoke to the Indian Express, he said, “Generally, the water cuts are imposed from April and we use up our reserve by May when we have to get tankers. But this year, water supply dwindled from March, and by the first week of April, we had to call for tankers. From April 5, we have been receiving water for barely a couple of hours through the day.” The resident’s name is Sudhit Rati.
Tanker suppliers too are unable to source water or make profits this summer season, Mangesh Gawli of Sushmita Water Suppliers told the Indian Express that, “We charge Rs 1,500 per vehicle. We cater to our regular customers first before taking new orders. A tanker can be ordered only by noon and delivery may be made any time between 9 am and 5 pm the subsequent day, “there is a lot of demand these days, but we ensure that we supply potable water.”
Residents of Navi Mumbai are getting help from corporators who are not in charge of their localities as the election season is going on. Yash Salvi, another resident from Kamothe said he is worried as summers have already begun. “We don’t know how long we will be able to get tankers. We are already thinking of making an emergency water tank in the society premises,” he told the Indian Express.