While you are reeling under the 15 per cent water cut, the slum mafia is reportedly stealing eight to 10 lakh litres of water every day at Ganpat Patil Nagar in Dahisar (West).
They puncture the 900-mm pipeline running under the New Link Road that supplies water to Borivli and Dahisar (W) and divert the stolen water through a nullah.
On Monday alone, the civic water department repaired 13 punctures on a two-inch pipe.
“This amounts to more than eight to 10 lakh litres of water per day,” said Harish Pandey, member of the New Link Road Residents’ Forum.
“It is true that water theft happens in this slum. We have taken action against the unauthorised slums on many occasions and even disconnected the unauthorised lines. Cases have been filed with the police against the slumlords and water mafia,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner Ashok Khaire.
“We will line the insides of the pipeline with mortar so that it cannot be punctured.”
Located between IC Colony in Borivli and Dahisar, Ganpat Patil Nagar has 6,000 to 7,000 shanties that have mushroomed illegally on the mangrove land.
“We have been filing complaints against the alleged water theft by the slumlords and anti-social elements who puncture the water lines under the road,” said Pandey. “The complaints have been forwarded to the R-North ward office and Khaire.”
Pandey alleged that water mafia nexus trades about Rs 25 lakh per month in the area.
“They charge Rs 300 to 500 per shanty and divert the water through a nullah under the road to across the slums. Every day, between 9.30 pm and 2 am, the stolen water is collected from all the 14 lanes in Ganpat Patil Nagar,” said Pandey.