Despite being one of the richest municipal bodies in the country, why can’t the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation provide Mumbaiites with clean drinking water?
This question was raised by the corporators at Thursday’s standing committee meeting.
While the corporators grilled the administration over the increased contamination levels of potable water, the BMC, in turn, blamed citizens and water cuts for the problem.
“The latest environment report states that water contamination levels have increased, and is the highest in the Goregaon area of P south ward,” pointed out Sameer Desai, Congress corporator from Goregaon.
Seeking an explanation from the BMC administration, Leader of the House Sunil Prabhu said: “This it is a serious matter and concerns citizens’ health.”
Additional Municipal Commissioner Ashish Kumar Singh said the contamination level would reduce after water supply normalises in the city.
“Due to water shortage, people have installed booster pumps in their localities. The pumps pull in contaminated water through the cracks in the drinking water pipelines, thus polluting potable water,” Singh said. He added that after supply normalises and the pumps are removed, the contamination levels would significantly reduce.
On August 6, Hindustan Times had reported how the BMC’s Environment Status report had showed impurity levels had gone up to 26 per cent this year from 13 per cent in 2008-09. Contaminated water can cause gastroenteritis, typhoid and jaundice.