<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Local BJP corporator Akash Purohit is demanding an extra hour of water in the market areas of South Mumbai’s C-Ward comprising areas like Bhuleshwar, Kalbadevi, Chira Bazaar and others. This is his demand for the floating crowd that comes to work in the area. The corporator has written a letter to the BMC chief saying that an hour’s supply of water is insufficient for residents as well as for the market area of C-ward.Almost 26 different wholesale markets are situated in the area, more than 2 lakh people live in chawls, and lakhs of people are in the area every day. Thus, this ward has a huge floating population creating a huge demand for water. “C ward gets its water supply from Malabar Hill reservoir through SK Patil garden. The chawls and buildings get water supply for one hour between 5 and 6 am, which is insufficient. Plus, the homes are small and storage capacity is limited. Apart from local residents, people coming to work also need water for drinking and sanitary purposes, but even they face water scarcity,” read the letter.The other problem is that of contaminated water. “There are many houses adjacent to the chawls and buildings, garbage and dirty water seeps into the soil and then gets into the pipelines wherever there are leaks, creating the problem of contamination,” said Purohit.Purohit has suggested that the timing of water supply be extended to 5-9 am instead of 5-6 am for residents, and that in addition to that, an extra hour of water supply be given during the day time for the floating population that comes in to work. He also wants house gullies be cleaned and special funds be provided for it.The ward officer for C-Ward, JS Gheghadmal, wasn’t available for comment.