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MUMBAI: Average Mumbaikar loses water supply if dues against his/her metered water use remain pending for even over a couple of months. And when forecast is indicating poor monsoon in Mumbai region that might lead to major water cuts soon, nearly eighteen of the total 41 water meters at ministerial bungalows in Malabar Hills are getting supply despite they being out of order. Interestingly the water bill dues against nearly 22 ministerial penthouses for the fiscal 2014-15 stand at Rs 6 lakh by the end of March 2015 which is much more than paltry over Rs 2000 that was pending in 2012-13.


Though number of ministerial bungalows receiving unmetered supply has gone down over the past two years, the heavy consumption of water remains the same indicating no efforts to conserve or recycle the water. In 2012-13 there were 27 meters that were out of order in these bungalows but dues were negligible at Rs 2299. "However, the dues have touched Rs 6 lakh mark now with number of non-working meters sliding to 18. ON around 22 bungalows there are 41 water meters. Interestingly consumption through these closed meters is underway as usual but nobody knows where the water is moving," social activist Chetan Kothari said who revealed these facts to TOI through an RTI he made with the state PWD.


Read at: Ministerial bungalows get unmetered water supply - The Times of India

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