Though all six lakes, which supply water to the city, have more than double the water stock compared to last year, corporators across party lines have raised their voice against water shortage problems in the civic standing committee meeting on Thursday.
Corporators from Mazagaon, Antop Hill, Kurla, Kandivli, Dahisar and Malabar Hill alleged that residents face severe shortages because of a faulty water distribution network.
Currently, the civic body has 48,070 crore litre of water stock compared to 23,923 crore litre in 2010.
Congress corporator, Rajendraprasad Chaube said, “The civic water department cannot handle the water management system, which has led to water shortage and low pressure problems all over city.” He also said the administration should not transfer experienced officials to other departments.
Chaube was referring to Prakash Kadam, deputy chief engineer of the water department who has been shifted to the Mumbai Sewage Disposal Project (MSDP) department.
Shiv Sena corporator Mangesh Satamkar agreed with Chaube.
“If the administration invites retired hydraulic engineers to help them improve the water distribution network, they should also maintain experienced people within the department so that the system is not disturbed,” said Chaube.
Opposition leader, Rajhans Singh alleged that it is the inefficiency of the water department, which has led to the problem.Rajiv Jalota, additional municipal commissioner (water) said the civic administration will submit a detailed report to the committee in 10 days.