Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has increased water supply to the city by 30MLD, yet there are many areas where taps have no water supply.
A case in point is New Amar Nagar – a residential locality with around 60 families in south Nagpur. Their taps have had no water supply for the last two months now. Residents depend on private tankers to meet their daily water needs.
NMC is drawing almost 700MLD water every day from Pench reservoir and Kanhan river, and still some parts of the city continue to reel under crisis exposing the poor water supply system.
“There is no tap water for New Amar Nagar residents since February end. Despite complaints to Orange City Water Limited, and NMC water works department, nothing has been done to address the issue,” said residents. The New Amar Nagar residents are more anguished by the fact that an adjacent 150-flat housing society gets 24×7 water.
New Amar Nagar resident Rahul Shinde claimed that apart from acute water crisis for the last two months, daily water supply had dropped drastically over the last eight months.
Residents told TOI that earlier they got water supplied from the elevated storage reservoir at Omkar Nagar. About eight months ago, NMC started supplying water from an ESR at Mhalgi Nagar, which drastically reduced the water pressure and, subsequently, it was reduced to a trickle. “Now, no water is being supplied to us,” claimed Shinde.
Residents said this happened after an independent and direct connection was given to a 150-flat apartment scheme. The residents of the nearby localities had lodged a protest as they had feared the decision would create a water crisis in their locality.
Pravin Athalkar, another resident of the locality, said corporator Madhuri Thakre tried to resolve the issue and discussed the problem with OCWL officials. But the only thing we get are innovative excuses by the private firm, he said.
TOI also spoke to residents of Sai Leela Apartment in the neighbourhood, who have pasted a notice in their building which shows names of flat owners who will pay for private tankers by turn.
OCW spokesperson said the areas (New Amar Nagar, especially, Sai Leela Apartment, Behind Prerna Convent) comes under Hudkeshwar command area and potable water is supplied from Mhalgi Nagar ESR to these areas.
As these are tail-end portions from Mhalgi Nagar ESR, low pressure supply complaints are being reported from these areas especially in summers. The OCW team also agreed to resolve the problem.
About Shinde’s complaint, OCWL said the apartment of six flats is getting on average 1.2 to 1.5 units of water at its sump. Besides this, every four-five days water is being supplied to this apartment through a tanker to meet their demands. However, on Friday, due to a technical snag, water supply of the area was affected. OCW will provide water supply through tankers.
“NMC-OCW technical team is on the job and will shortly resolve the issue and ensure sufficient water to New Amar Nagar residents,” said the spokesperson.
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