After complaints of 48-hour water cuts, TMC tells Bombay HC its current supply can last till 2025

Mumbai city news: The water cuts were blamed on poor planning by the TMC

mumbai Updated: Jun 10, 2017 14:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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A resident of Ghodbunder Road approached the high court last year after water supply to several buildings was cut several times.(HT File Photo)

A month after the Bombay high court stalled new constructions along Ghodbunder Road after residents complained of 48-hour water cuts, the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) said it can meet the water requirements of its residents till 2025.

“Tankers are supplying residents with drinking water. The situation cannot be compared to that which had arisen in Marathwada and other parts of the state last year,” states the affidavit filed by TMC in the high court.

“The current water supply can take care of requirements till 2025,” adds the affidavit, filed in response to a public interest litigation by Mangesh Shelar, a resident of Runwal Estate at Ghodbunder Road.

Shelar approached the high court last year after water supply to several buildings along Ghodbunder Road was cut several times. His counsel, advocate VP Patil, said the abrupt water cuts lasted up to 48 hours and blamed them on poor planning by the TMC and the haphazard way in which the civic body granted permission for new constructions along the road.

In his PIL, Shelar said that between June and December 2015, the sale of flats along Ghodbunder Road increased by 13% from the corresponding period in 2014. He said it seemed as though permission for new buildings were being granted without considering the drinking water requirements of the people who would move in to them.

Acting on the PIL, the court restrained the TMC from granting commencement or completion certificates to any new constructions along the road. The court also restrained the civic body from issuing occupancy certificates (OC) to buildings completed recently. This affected thousands who had bought flats along Ghodbunder Road as they were not able to move in.

First Published: Jun 10, 2017 14:40 IST