|March 1, 2014 at 1:11 pm #5216|
With over a hundred households getting contaminated water since the past two months, several villagers from Goulebhat-Chimbel questioned PWD workers over the inordinate delay in resolving the issue.
The villagers, comprising mostly women, marched to Indira-Nagar area where the contamination has taken place and confronted PWD supervisor Maruti Harijan over the delay, and demanded that the work of shifting the pipelines be completed at the earliest so that they do not get contaminated water.
Later, speaking to media, a villager Triveni Narvekar informed that since the past two months they have made representations to the PWD, health and the panchayat alike, but the issue of water contamination has remained unsolved.
“We only received assurances from the authorities concerned,” Narvekar stated and said even the water supply by tankers is irregular and not enough to cater to the demands of the affected villagers.
Another villager, Kiran Usgaonkar, informed that the drivers of the water tankers behave rudely with them and do not give them enough time to fill their vessels, thereby leaving several households high and dry.
“Therefore, we do not have any option but to use the contaminated water, which stinks of sewage,” Usgaonkar added.
When questioned, PWD supervisor Maruti Harijan said for the past 15 days the work on shifting the water pipelines is going on at a hurried pace while further informing that it will take another week to complete it.
“The contamination has occurred due to accumulation of sewage in the drainages, which have been constructed over the water pipelines,” Harijan said and stated that the PWD is currently relocating these pipelines away from the drainages so that contamination does not occur in the future.
“The old PVC pipelines are replaced with DI pipelines,” he added.
Source/Reference: Herald, “Chimbel locals confront PWD supervisor“