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Thane: New lines soon, but rain water harvesting a concern


Bhyandar: With the completion of the 75 MLD water supply project, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) has geared up to accept online requests for new water lines from April 30, which was banned since 2011.

However, for a city that has witnessed violent agitations due to water scarcity, the apathetic approach towards Rain Water Harvesting System (RWHS) is a cause of concern.

Installation of RWHS is mandated since 2009 and Occupancy Certificates are granted only after ensuring installation of the systems.
However, despite an acute scarcity of water compounded by receding groundwater table, the civic administration is still not serious given the fact that there is no active monitoring to ensure proper functioning of the mechanism.

An acute staff crunch is a lame excuse given by the MBMC. “It is good that we will soon get additional water. But plugging chinks in the distribution system and efforts to tap rainwater should be our top priority,” says Aabid Surti of Drop Dead Foundation.
“Just because supply is being enhanced, we should not forget our responsibility to save natural resources. The MBMC should ensure proper working of RWHS before issuing new water lines,” says social activist Rohit Suvarna.

The total number of water lines currently stands at 33,681 including 30,919 residential and 2,762 commercial users. Those installing RWHS are eligible for tax rebate. However, clarity eludes the exact number of post -2009 projects that had installed the RWH system and the number of beneficiaries who availed the tax sops.