Fights in Mahim as taps stay dry for second day
All Razia Bargir (45) did on Wednesday morning was to run between her shanty to the water tanker parked 100 m away.india Updated: Jun 04, 2009 01:29 IST
All Razia Bargir (45) did on Wednesday morning was to run between her shanty to the water tanker parked 100 m away.
And for all her hard work — she made 15 trips to the tanker and back home — she could manage to fill up only five pots of water.
“A huge crowd had gathered to collect water from the tanker. I could barely fill five handas (pots) of drinking water. I
did not have a bath or wash the utensils,” said Razia.
Mahim did not get any water for the second consecutive day on Wednesday. South and south-central Mumbai is facing water
cuts because of the ongoing work on laying new tracks between Bandra and Mahim, along the Tansa pipeline.
Water supply was restored in Mahim on Wednesday evening.
For the over 500 families at Dariya Sarang Rahivasi Sangh, the fishermen's colony in Mahim, only one tanker was arranged.
Most residents could just manage enough drinking water.
The residents of Ramgadh Nagar were seen drawing water from the local well.
The water cut, however, brought the housewives of a building in Ramgadh together to wash clothes and socialise. “This water
cut has made us come together and gossip as well as add some difference to our otherwise mundane routine,” said one of the housewives.
“Water supply was restored around 6.30 pm on Wednesday. On Thursday too, water will be supplied between 6.30 pm and 9 pm,” said Santosh Parab, Corporator of Ward 182 (Mahim Creek and Mahim Fort).
BMC officials, however, said water supply had been restored in South and south central Mumbai by 5 am on Wednesday.
“The work stopped late last night and water supply was resumed on Wednesday morning. The water supply will continue to be regular through Wednesday and Thursday,” said S.S. Korlekar, chief engineer, hydraulic department, BMC.
He added that the civic body had received no complaints from Mahim residents or from anywhere else about water cuts on Wednesday.
BMC officials said enough advance warning had been given about the proposed work and residents should have stored water.
On June 5, water cuts will start from 7 am and supply will resume the next day around 5 am.
First Published: Jun 04, 2009 01:28 IST