Some 400 residents of MHADA colony at Shimpoli in Borivli were issued a notice by the housing authority on Saturday for installing water tanks inside their homes. But the move has surprised the residents, who claimed they were forced to install the tanks as MHADA failed to live up to its promise of providing them with 24-hour water supply.
Residents of the MHADA colony in Shimpoli (below) said they get water for just 30 minutes in the morning and for a similar duration in the evening. Pics/Nimesh Dave
Residents claim they get water for just one hour a day 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening forcing them to fill all possible utensils as a backup, in case the water tank goes dry as well. “I spent lakhs on renovating my house, but then there was no water. So I installed a tank. We were assured of 24-hour water supply, but we don’t even get a steady supply for two hours.
The water we get is insufficient,” said D Bharti, a resident. Another resident claimed the family has to flush the toilet manually each time a member uses it. She said, “The toilet gets water for only minutes a day. We moved from a chawl into a building, but most of the things are still the same.”
Commenting on the issue of poor water supply, MHADA Mumbai board chairperson Yusuf Abrahani said it was a major issue and appropriate action would be initiated soon.
“There is water scarcity in Mumbai. But if there’s no water, then it is obvious that people will install tanks to store it for later use. We will soon make provision for adequate water supply to the residents. And will ensure that similar problems don’t mar the upcoming projects,” he said.
Not the first time
Winners of the 2009 MHADA lottery, who were allotted homes at the Canada Engineering project in Ghatkopar, faced similar water woes. It took the BMC two years to provide adequate water supply to the residents.