Sena-BJP corporators involved in water theft: Nitesh Rane
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 18:49
  
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.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 18:49


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