Water crisis in the city taking a horrific turn as the officials of Nagpur Municipal Corporation has decided to supply the water on alternate days to the citizens of Nagpur. The decision was taken keeping in mind the critical situation prevailing in Vidarbha wherein the water in the dams and lakes has been depleted below the warning level. To save water and the citizens of Nagpur from the future without water such action was taken. The water crisis is said to worsen with time as the Totladoh dam, which is the main source of water supply to the city has just 56 MMC of water left at this time of the month.
Last year same month, during the monsoon season, the city received plenty of rainfall which filled up the dams, providing enough water to the city. The current situation of water in the city is that Nagpur and Navegaon Khairi dams have only 33 MMC of water left in them. And in this situation, the NMC officials and Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule along with Mayor Nanda Jichkar have planned to withdraw water till 311 m whereas earlier, in the normal situations the max withdrawal of water is allowed till 318 m. The extraction of more liters of water from the dams is arranged with the help of some technical changes. The decision was taken during a meeting of the officials at NIT Hall, on Wednesday. The meeting came with a decision of using the water till 33 MMC of Navegaon Khairi dam.
Meanwhile the localities are giving a mixed response to this decision as Ganesh Ramteke, a resident of Gittikhadan expressed his disappointment saying,”the lower class of the society will be the one suffering more as compared to others. People living in slums will have to arrange water or manage without it as they cannot afford expenses of water tankers”.Whereas, Deep Upagade is in support of the decision, as he says, “this is severe crisis that our city is going through and if people want to survive the future crisis, citizens must cooperate with the officials”.
Milind Dhupte, a resident of Shivraj Nagar, “OCW and NMC should have taken proper measure for the lakes and other sources that are available in the city like, Ambazari Lake, Shukrawari Lake, Sakkardara lake, etc. so the water could have been supplied from these sources as well”, expressed his views.Dr Rajesh Naik, a social worker, from Shivaji Nagar informed, “Water is life, there is no life without water the citizens should understand the seriousness of this line. NMC should have not been depended on the monsoon; they should have prepared a plan B for the situations like delay in monsoon that we are currently facing”.
The current water crisis can only be avoided if the rains open their gates on the city and save us from all the sufferings. The officials have also requested the citizens not to waste a single drop of water and is also promoting rainwater harvesting practices in Vidarbha.
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