In spite of heavy downpour since the last few days, people in Ulhasnagar, Badlapur and Ambernath are facing acute scarcity of water. The Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation is accusing the MIDC, which supplies water to Ulhasnagar, for water shortage.
"I personally visited the MIDC's jack well site near the Century Rayon club. It is from here that the MIDC lifts untreated water (raw water) though heavy suction pumps for treatment, treats it and supplies it to Ulhasnagar," said Vinod Thakur, deputy mayor, UMC.
"The jack well, which was constructed in 1962, is now in a dilapidated condition. Due to this, people are getting reduced supply of water," said Thakur.
Mahadev Jawade, executive engineer, UMC, said, "We requested the MIDC officers to fix the problem. They said they summoned the 'under water divers' to clean the well and remove the material stuck up in the suction pumps' fans. The cleaning is in progress."
The UMC has suggested the MIDC to block floating material and garbage from entering the jack well by placing big brackets before the jack well.
"The problem persists. Our suction pumps stopped working due to some floating materials, such as plastics and garbage, stuck up in the fans. Our team is working on it and will take necessary steps to avoid such problems in future," said Deepak Dharde, executive engineer, MIDC.