Mumbai: Nitesh Rane, son of Maharashtra
Revenue Minister Narayan Rane, on Tuesday alleged there is a nexus
between the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP in Mumbai`s civic body and
water tanker operators over distribution of water supply, as a
result of which Mumbaikars get less water.
"There is a nexus between Shiv Sena-BJP corporators and
water tanker operators. They are involved with the water mafia
in theft of water. The civic body is saying water supply is
less because of poor rainfall this year but this is not the
only reason, it is just an excuse," Rane told PTI here.
Nearly 22 per cent of water is lost due to leakages and
theft. Why is the administration not taking strict action
after repetitive complaints from people, Nitesh asked.
"Action is not taken simply because their own people are
involved, including SS-BJP corporators, civic officials and
water mafia," he added.
Even after Rane had last week led a demonstration along
with hundreds of people outside the civic headquarters that
claimed one life, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai
(MCGM) had said it will not reduce the water cut as the water
content is less than the required quota.
According to civic officials, owing to the delayed and
insufficient rainfall this year water in the lakes in
catchment areas is lower than needed.
The quantity of water required is pegged at 13 lakh
million litres for the entire year, this year`s rainfall
barely managed to fill up even less than 10 lakh million
litres of water.
According to Rane, the tanker owners are taking advantage
of the MCGM`s water crisis and doing brisk business.
"We have dispatched letter to nearly 69 water tanker
operators in Mumbai, asking all those involved in illegal
selling of water to stop their activities or else they will
have to face the consequences," Rane said.
Currently, residential users are facing a 15 per cent
water cut and bulk users face 30 per cent water cut.
The city has been restive since July, when the water
reservoirs began getting depleted because of a sub-normal
monsoon this year.