Water may be unfit for human consumption
41-year-old Parvati Jadhav's death due to water scarcity in Thane's Dolara village seems to have woken up the authorities from their slumber. Promises have been made of two water tankers, each carrying 4,000 litres, arriving here every day. However, there is a twist in the tale, as Vinod Kumar Menon and Atul Kamble found that the water being supplied is unfit for human consumption, but is being lapped up by the locals who are out of options
All’s not well
Down and dirty
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What they say
Vasai MLA and chief of Shramajeevi Sanghatana, Vivek Pandit:
“On April 23, I had suggested that every village where water scarcity is an issue, should be supplied with 5,000-litre water tanks, with taps. This will resolve issues like water contamination and the hardship of fetching water from 40-ft wells. Also, it will help measure the actual quantity of water that is being transported by the water tankers. The money required was sanctioned for the same by the tribal development department, but local villagers were against the idea and hence nothing moved.
Rajendra Gavit, state minister for tribal development:
“I have already held a high-level meeting with the local administrative officials and have apprised them to keep a check on the water contamination issue. There is no point in transporting water, which is unhealthy and unfit for human consumption. Also, I have found that Rs 1.53 crore was sanctioned in 2009 for construction of Khoch dam, but the concerned department from water supplies was sitting on the file for the last three years, doing nothing. The concerned officer has been reprimanded and has been asked to do the needful at the earliest. I am hopeful that the dam work would begin soon, which will solve the water problem for most of the villages in Jawhar, Mokhada and Vikramgad.