Neighbours of a 30-year-old woman who died in Bandra (East) on Wednesday night are claiming it is the contaminated water supplied by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) that is to blame for the death.
Tara Basraj Maitre’s post mortem report, however, states that she died of pulmonary tuberculosis. Dr Sandhya Kamath, dean, Sion hospital said, “I have not seen the patient alive. A body was brought to the hospital for a post mortem, which found that she had extensive tuberculosis.”
Maitre’s family said they didn’t know she had TB and that she was not even taking any medication for it. They said she had been vomiting and suffering from loose motions for the past week. “She was also complaining of severe stomach ache and didn’t show any symptoms of TB, she wasn’t even coughing,” said Basraj, her husband. Maitre has two children aged 10 and one.
Meanwhile, residents of the seven-storeyed slum rehabilitation authority (SRA) building said for the last 15 days they had been getting muddy water with a terrible stink. The building was constructed in 2004, yet residents got a direct water connection just 15 days ago.
Congress corporator Mohammad Hussain Sheikh said the builder had promised residents he would change the leaking drain lines, as the sewage line runs parallel to the water line. As the sewage line was leaking, the dirty water had been seeping into the water tank on the ground floor.
“The BMC has not been paying attention to our complaints. At least eight people have fallen ill due to consumption of dirty water,” said third floor resident, Mohammad Hanif.
Assistant municipal commissioner, H-east ward, NW Lalwani, said the BMC had sent water samples for testing. “The drainage line running close to the water distribution line in the building is leaking and that could have led to the contamination,” said Lalwani.
Another resident Shankaramma Bilde, 18, Maitre’s neighbour, also has a stomach ache and loose motions and her family is blaming it on the dirty water.