It is a matter of shame that BMC, the richest municipality in India, cannot even provide clean water to its citizens, leave alone other basic amenities expected of a world class municipal corporation.
The Sujal water scheme initiated by the BMC to provide round-the-clock clean water has remained merely a promise. In spite of having spent over Rs 800 crores out of the total project cost of Rs 3000 crores, in laying the pipelines, which apparently, never arrived at the site, there is no real change.
The payments, however, have been made. The entire scheme has gone to dogs because of the rampant corruption and one more enquiry committee has been set up to investigate this fraud. There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel and much should not be expected from the corrupt BMC, except scams and frauds.
— Vanita Shenoy
I have two kids. I’m worried they’ll get sick
We live in a simple locality in Mira Road. The articles in the Hindustan Times have surprised us and now we have had to spend thousands of rupees on water filters. We are not sure if they help but we have two young children and I am worried they will get sick. The BMC needs to find a quick solution to the problem for the better health of the citizens.
— Vikas Nandwani
Why can’t BMC learn from Navi Mumbai?
Water samples across the city have shown that the water that reaches our homes has bacteria in it. As a result, people suffer from different types of diseases throughout the year and the monsoon is not an exception to this.
BMC should follow the methodology followed in Navi Mumbai. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) is taking precautions to prevent contamination.
The water supplied from Morbe dam is tested regularly. Malaria cases are fewer in Navi Mumbai compared to Mumbai. Health officers should be made to work round-the-clock and wherever problems are encountered pipe lines should be changed. Wastage of water through leaking pipelines should be plugged. It is time to revamp the civic system to the satisfaction of the people. BMC should act on war footing and do a world of good to the people of Mumbai.
After the reported deaths of water bound diseases in the metropolis, BMC stepped up its efforts to counter the menace of malaria. The civic body has to act fast and bring normalcy and prevent water-borne diseases during monsoon season.
— Jayanthy Subramaniam
Clean the water, plug the leaks. Now
Water reaches our homes after various purification processes and through a variety of pipe networks. These days bacteria is rampant in drinking water, because the it gets mixed with sewerage pipelines, as they pass through slum areas and nullahs.
Nullahs are used as open-air toilets these days. The BMC should be more vigilant and plug these leakages to avoid water pollution and wastage.
— Ajit Pillai