Kandivli, Andheri and Bhandup worst-hit by water shortage

  • Chetna Yerunkar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2016 00:21 IST
BMC workers repair a leaking pipeline at Girgaum Chowpatty. A majority of the old pipelines are in the island city, according to the hydraulic department’s report. (HTfile )

The citizens of Kandivli, Andheri and Bhandup are in the midst of an acute water shortage, according to the hydraulic department’s report. The department presented a report on pockets in the city suffering through a water shortage. It also suggested remedial measures to civic chief Ajoy Mehta on Saturday in 130 pockets that need immediate attention.

A majority of the pockets (21) were identified by the civic officials in the R south ward (Kandivli), followed by the K west ward (Andheri west, Vile-Parle) with 17 and the S ward with 13 pockets. Civic officials said of the 130 pockets identified overall, 76 are in the western suburbs, 24 in the eastern suburbs and 30 are in the island city.

“We have identified various areas where there is problem and officials have also suggested remedial measures,” Mehta said.

A majority of old and creaky water pipelines lie in the island city, the report stated. A majority of contamination complaints are also registered in the island city, it adds — Of the 4,438 contamination complaints registered in the city between January 2015 and February 2016, 2,550 complaints were registered in the island city.

The civic body reported 43 contamination complaints between January and February this year that are yet to be resolved and a majority of them are in the western suburbs. The civic body has resolved 4,395 contamination complaints of the 4,438 registered between January 2015 and February 2016.

The civic body further plans to merge small of pipelines passing through slums into one big pipeline that will help reduce the contamination complaints in the city. The civic body proposed doing this at around 349 locations in various parts of the city and has already completed work at 102 spots.

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