The residents of MHADA Colony at Manewada Road in city are facing acute water shortage for the last two days. As per information, Orange City Water (OCW) has cut the connection to the 128 families at this colony due to non-payment of bill. The residents in the locality have alleged that the pending bills are years old that were supposed to be paid by MHADA.The point to be noted here is that even though the pending bills were supposed to be paid by MHADA, the residents of the colony on March collected money and paid Rs.2.35 lakh to OCW.Due to the pandemic, people are really facing financial problems and in such situation, instead of giving time to these families, water connection was cut during these festive season.
Regarding this matter, Sachin Drawekar, head of public relations, OCW has stated that the connection was disconnected before the lockdown, but later the connection was restored after the residents paid partial bill. But some people are not ready to pay the outstanding bill. Action has been taken as per the rule. The residents remarked that they have been paying maintenance charges. Despite this, MHADA did not pay the bill. As per the information, MHADA made a society for maintenance but the society is refusing this.NMC OCW had asked to pay the arrears of the old bill. The residents have also agreed to pay it.But instead of giving time the water connection was cut. Local citizens have been demanding a separate tap connection for each flat of MHADA Colony for a long time. But the administration is not taking it seriously.