Agitated by the shortage of water in areas of Kalyan and Dombivli, nearly 50 corporators from all parties, on Friday, ransacked the office of the MIDC superintendent engineer. The incident took place around 11.30 am at the MIDC office in Dombivli (East).
Mayor of Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC), Vaijayanti Gholap said, “For the last three months, residents of Kalyan (East) and Dombivli (East) have been facing a shortage of water. The matter was brought up by corporators at yesterday’s General Board Meeting. I assured them that I would personally look into the matter.”
The mayor, along with corporators, visited the MIDC office on Thursday. “At the MIDC office, I narrated the problem to MIDC superintendent engineer, Vijay Panikar. We requested him to increase the quantity of water supplied to the civic corporation by 10 million litres per day (MLD) but they refused. Instead, he called the police and behaved rudely with the corporators.”
Panikar said, “The KDMC has been sanctioned 117 MLD. During distribution, 10% of the total quantity is lost. Thus, the corporation receives 102 MLD regularly. But recently, the irrigation department introduced a 15% cut in the water supply, which has led to water scarcity in these areas. Hence, the issue is not concerned to our department. The mayor and corporators should ask the irrigation department to increase the quota reserved for them. I explained this to the corporators, but they became violent and damaged the property in my office.”
Paniker has filed a case against the mayor and corporators at the Manpada police station in Dombivli (East).