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BMC promises to give you clean water

The civic body has come up with a method to ensure that Mumbaiites get access to safe drinking water.

mumbai Updated: Feb 19, 2011 01:14 IST
Urvi Mahajani

The civic body has come up with a method to ensure that Mumbaiites get access to safe drinking water.

On receiving complaints of water contamination, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now photograph unhygienic sites and also lodge an FIR to bring erring officials to book.

While hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), the Bombay high court had on February 2 and 17 rapped the civic body for failing to provide clean water and environment to Mumbaiites.

The PIL was filed to highlight death of two pregnant women — Vrushali Pawar, 26, and Kavita Aitala, 23 — in April 2010 due to jaundice contracted after drinking contaminated water at Worli. An affidavit filed by Satyanarayan Maheshwari, deputy hydraulic engineer (civil) filed on Thursday, said, “after the February 2 order, Rajiv Jalota, additional municipal commissioner (AMC), projects, had called a meeting of the concerned officers and directed them to issue a circular to take all remedial measures to ensure that safe drinking water is supplied to the citizens”.

The circular to this effect will be issued soon. Also, the AMC has directed that at the time of inspection, photographs should be taken, if there is unhygienic condition at the site and proper record should be maintained.

Asking BMC staff to give utmost priority to matters of water contamination, AMC has also instructed them to lodge an FIR against concerned persons, if there is unhygienic condition at the site of inspection.

At the time of granting water connection, the society/party/builder will have to give an undertaking that the water tank will be constructed as per the terms and conditions mentioned in the form issued by the hydraulic engineer’s department. A debris removal certificate will also have to be submitted by the architect before requesting occupation permission, the affidavit adds.

Whenever a junior engineer of water department and the staff of leak detection department detect visible leakage, then immediate remedial measures are to be taken to stop the leakage. On receiving a compliant of water contamination, the water sample has to be collected and sent to G/North laboratory immediately.

If the result shows contamination, the source of contamination has to be traced and get it repaired.