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India - Water Leakage - Public anger flares over scarcity, leakage in Mitmita, Bhavsighpura and Nyay Nagar areas in Aurangabad. Our Viewpoint: Although Public pay for every drop of water, there is no proper monitoring enforced by the water distribution agencies

Raising a strong voice against the alleged negligence towards the water woes in Mitmita, Bhavsighpura and Nyay Nagar, three Shiv Sena corporators and over 100 residents manhandled the company officials and employees at 11.30 am. The agitators later forced the staff to stop work and compelled them to go out and then locked up the office.

Our Viewpoint: There are numerous incidents of water leakage reported in our country. Water management authorities do not find permanent solutions for these issues. It is not a profound loss of water alone, but contamination that poses health risks to the consumers. Although Public pay for every drop of water, there is no proper monitoring enforced by the water distribution agencies to assure the quality of water. It seems that health insurance should be accorded to the public by the operating companies for the supply of water that is unsuitable for human consumption. Corrosion of water pipelines is one of the main concerns completely ignored by the water management agencies. When pipeline material weakens over the period of time, appropriate maintenance programs need to be compulsorily carried out to get rid of corrosion issues. Design houses should closely work with the consumers for performing the correct Life cycle analysis to choose the right materials of construction. The present focus of our water policy requires to be greatly modified for close vigilance on the water assets and monitoring of water quality on the daily basis. We need to turn Water Rust to Water TRUST.

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Public anger flares over scarcity, leakage

TNN | Feb 12, 2016, 03.55 AM IST

Aurangabad: The agitation against water scarcity and contamination has intensified here with Shiv Sena workers and corporators storming the water utility company's office and disrupting its functioning for more four hours on Thursday. The situation was brought under control only after the police reached the spot. Raising a strong voice against the alleged negligence towards the water woes in Mitmita, Bhavsighpura and Nyay Nagar, three Shiv Sena corporators and over 100 residents manhandled the company officials and employees at 11.30 am. The agitators later forced the staff to stop work and compelled them to go out and then locked up the office. It was only after the police arrived on the spot that the office was reopened at 4pm.

The corporators and residents were expressing anger over the company's casual approach towards water contamination and scarcity in their residential areas. However, the Aurangabad City Water Utility Company Limited did not file an official complaint against the agitators. Mitmita corporator Raosaheb Aamle said the utility company is supplying highly-contaminated water in the locality. "There is a leakage in the main water supply line, which is coming in contact with the drainage. People are receiving greyish-coloured water with foul smell. But despite making repeated requests, the authorities are neglecting the issue," he said.

Aamle warned the authorities of intensifying the agitation if their demands continue to be ignored.
Nyay Nagar corporator Gajanan Mangate said he has been asking the company to lay a new pipeline in the locality since May-June 2015. "Soon after the municipal elections in April 2015, we brought to the notice of the company officials the water contamination and irregular supply. We had requested them to repair all the leakages in the line at the earliest. The authorities gave us assurances on many occasions, but nothing has changed in the area," he said.

Mangate said the agitation was an outbreak of public anger. "A strong sense of resentment is prevailing among the residents who locked up the company office today," he said.
Bhavsinghpura corporator Manisha Vinod Lokhande said the residents are facing severe water scarcity in many parts of the locality. "The company is not laying network of new pipelines despite the fact that the old system has developed leakages all over," she told TOI.

Their action came a day after the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (MIM) corporators resorted to an agitation at the company's office. On Wednesday, about 20 MIM corporators and their supporters had resorted to agitation in the front of the company's main office in Cidco.
In the meantime, one of the senior officers in the ACWUCL who preferred not to be quoted said the company would soon carry out the work.

Article Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/aurangabad/Public-anger-flares-over-scarcity-leakage/articleshow/50953748.cms
Publication Date: 12 Feb 2016

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