The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), in an affidavit submitted on June 9, 2017, before a division bench of the Bombay High Court of chief justice Manjula Chellur and justice NM Jamdar, said that the civic body could provide drinking water through water pipelines, throughout the year to all areas in Thane, including Ghodbunder Road.
“This shows that water supply available is sufficient, to take care of the city (Thane) till 2025. Ghodbunder Road is largely a planned area and has helped to reduce load to quite an extent, on other congested areas in Thane. Stoppage of construction in the area, is likely to drive citizens to move to other areas, which are already congested or haphazardly developed,” the affidavit filed by Ashok Rankhamb, Additional Municipal Commissioner of TMC, said.
The High Court had, in May 2017, ordered a temporary stay on any new constructions on Ghodbunder Road in Thane district, over the issue of inadequate water supply to residential colonies in the area.
The court had restrained the TMC from granting commencement certificates for any new constructions along Ghodbunder Road and also from issuing occupancy certificates, to recently completed projects. The order was passed, while hearing a public interest litigation filed by Thane resident Manesh Shelar, who claimed that abrupt water cuts to various areas along Ghodbunder Road, had become routine and residents were forced to buy water from private water tanker suppliers.
The civic body further said that considering the fact that the monsoons in the country is irregular and is deficient once in every few years, water cuts are imposed to conserve water, in case of a bad monsoon season. “Water cuts are intended to conserve water for future uncertainty and does not indicate any deficiency,” the affidavit said.
It added that rain water harvesting was mandatory for all new structures since 2005. “The Occupancy Certificate is issued to only those buildings, where proper system of rain water harvesting is completed,” the affidavit said. The court took the affidavit on record and posted the petition for further hearing next week.