The state government, on Monday, told the lower house that one-third of the water connections in Mumbra are illegal and the collection of water tax from the area is merely 37 %.
Minister of state for urban development department Bhaskar Jadhav told the Assembly that the rampant illegal connections have disrupted the water supply in Mumbra. He was replying to the issue of poor water supply raised by Jitendra Awhad (NCP).
Jadhav said, “Excluding Mumbra, the water tax collection in the Thane Municipal Corporation is 90 %. Of the 15,000 water connections in Mumbra, 5,000 connections are illegal.”
The minister said that the corporation has disconnected 889 water connections in the last six months.
Pratap Sarnaik (Shiv Sena) alleged that municipal tax collection rate in Mumbra was just 29 % and it has become the hub of illegal construction. The MLA also claimed that municipal employees, who take action against illegal construction and water connections, are attacked by locals.
Objecting to the allegations, Awhad said, “Residents in Thane get 180 litres of water daily for a person, while the
supply is just 140 litres for Mumbra.”
Jadhav announced an additional supply of 5 MLD for Mumbra in the next two months.
‘Will check water wastage during IPL’
Asserting that the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches will be held Maharashtra, the state government, on Monday, said it would ensure that water is not wasted.
Addressing the members of the legislative council, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said, “There is no water scarcity in Mumbai. The civic body will charge the organisers at commercial rates. If we come across any wastage of water, we will take steps to correct it.”
The issue was raised by raised BJP MLC Bhai Girkar, claiming that the IPL was wasting lakhs of litres of water for ground maintenance. HTC