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‘Water crisis should be solved in two-three years’

Shivmurty Naik, Mira-Bhayander civic chief, has been part of the area’s transformation over the last decade — first as commissioner in the municipal council and twice as commissioner after it became a full-fledged municipality.

mumbai Updated: Apr 28, 2010 01:28 IST
Debasish Panigrahi

Shivmurty Naik, Mira-Bhayander civic chief, has been part of the area’s transformation over the last decade — first as commissioner in the municipal council and twice as commissioner after it became a full-fledged municipality. The rapid urbanisation and population explosion caught the civic body unawares. Naik claimed the system is catching up fast with the populace’s demands and in a year’s time things will change for the better.

Hawkers have taken over the approach road to Bhayander station.

Every civic body is facing the same problem. We regularly carry out drives against hawkers by destroying their pull carts. However, we cannot evict them completely unless we provide hawking zones, as per the Supreme Court guidelines. We are constructing eight markets for hawkers. We will provide licences to those hawkers who have domicile proof of the last 15 years and proof of business.

Mira-Bhayander is reeling under a water shortage.

As against the demand of 150 million litres a day, we receive a maximum of just 86 million litres. We release water every 36 hours and shut supply for a day every week. The average consumption here is 70 litres per person per day against the standard 135 litres. The good news is that the government has approved a 200 million litres a day project. On its completion in two or three years, there will be no water scarcity.

Illegal constructions are a problem.

It’s wrong to say they are mushrooming. They are as much a problem here as elsewhere. We are trying to deal with the situation. We have demolished 18 buildings and 1,300 small constructions recently. The four ward officers, along with engineering and sanitary staff and beat officers, have been directed to regularly survey the area and bring the culprits to book.

Open gutters and garbage are major problems.

In a year’s time, we hope to wrap up a Rs 491-crore drainage system. As far as debris is concerned, it’s the builders who are responsible. We have issued notices to them to clean up debris from their sites. Otherwise, we will clear it and charge Rs 5,000 per trip. As far as mosquitoes go, we will try to control the menace with modern insecticides since they have become immune to the old ones.

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