Bhayandar : Taking serious note of the Free Press Journal news report (New lines soon, but rainwater harvesting a concern) published on April 24, 2017, highlighting the apathetic attitude of the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) towards rainwater conservation, the civic administration has finally rolled up its sleeves to take up the issue on a priority basis while awarding new water connections, especially in newly constructed buildings.
Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan and Minister for Housing Prakash Mehta will inaugurate the resumption of issuance of new water connections at a function in Mira Road on Sunday.
Right from securing forms to upload supporting documents and options of e-payments gateways, the MBMC has develop a software for the online distribution process.
Taking a serious note of the FPJ report, civic chief Dr. Naresh Gite made it clear that the harvesting mechanism will be physically checked to verify its operating status before awarding new water connections.
With water supply infrastructure under huge pressure, the MBMC had banned the issuance of new water connections since 4, October, 2011. As against the requirement of 175 MLD, the twin-city having a populace of more than 12 lakh had a total supply of 136 MLD. While a partial quantum of 25 MLD from the new 75 MLD scheme will be released from Sunday, the rest will be released in a controlled manner before the second half of 2017.