Mumbai's water supply earns rural ire

people from about 104 villages of Thane district near Mumbai have threatened to break valves of the pipeline supplying water to the metropolis and bring the city's water supply to a halt. The reason: all their water sources have been completely diverted to Mumbai and they are facing acute drinking water and irrigation crisis.

The villages are located in Shahpur taluka, about 100 km from Mumbai. Recently, over 5,000 enraged villagers gheraoed officials of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (mcgm) at the Tansa reservoir site and met the district collector; but all in vain. Since 2001, these villagers