Ex-BJP corporator Divya Dhurde, along with other residents gheraoed Nehru Nagar zone office over water crisis, on Saturday
Nagpur: Hundreds of South Nagpur residents on Saturday staged a demonstration at Wanjari Nagar elevated storage reservoir (ESR) over their continuing water crisis. Residents wondered that at one end NMC is unable to supply tap water and on the other it distributes water through tankers.
Raising slogans against Nagpur Municipal Corporation, residents also tried to climb the ESR through the office of Orange City Water Limited there. However, city police foiled their attempt.
Congress leader Kiran Pandav, who led the agitation, termed the water crisis as artificial. “Due to the nexus between water tanker operators and water works officials, water supply system will never improve in South Nagpur. NMC will continue to create artificial scarcity so that tankers can operate smoothly,” he alleged.
Kavita Hingankar, one of the agitators, said not only south Nagpur, but the entire city is facing water crisis and “we united in fight against the inadequate water supply”.
Rupali Meshram, another demonstrator, pointed out that the BJP, which ruled NMC for 15 years, has been promising to provide 24×7 water supply across the city. “But even today we are not getting 24×7 water,” she said.
“Instead, we are being supplied water at very low pressure and many areas are getting contaminated water,” said Hingankar.
“The OCWL officials have assured to resolve the issue within couple of days,” said Pandav. If they failed, Pandav said, the residents will intensify their agitation further.
On Saturday, BJP’s ex-corporator Divya Dhurde had led an agitation of South Nagpur residents over inadequate water supply in her prabhag comprising Bhande Plot, Bapu Nagar and Mire Layout. “I have been raising the water crisis issue of South Nagpur since last four years, but no one paid heed,” she told TOI.
“Residents are expressing anguish that despite having three elevated storage reservoirs in my constituency, they continue to face water crisis,” Dhurde said.
“We met Nehru Nagar zone officials, who assured to resolve the crisis by Tuesday,” she added.
To a query, Dhurde pointed out that her prabhag is divided in two zones — Dhantoli and Nehru Nagar. Dhantoli zone residents have no water issue, while Nehru Nagar residents are being forced to depend on tankers.
Last week, residents of South Nagpur had given an ultimatum to the Nehru Nagar zone to resolve water crisis. The residents had warned that they won’t pay the water bills until the NMC assures water supply with good pressure to this part of the city.
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