A Twitter user, upset with a fountain at the Mumbai office of the Mahindra Group, reached out to chairman and managing director, Anand Mahindra, on Twitter and requested him to shut it down. Rohit Talwarkar argued that the fountain sent the wrong message at a time of severe water crisis in Maharashtra.
To everyone's surprise, Mahindra not only responded to Talwarkar, but also readily agreed to shut the fountain down. He explained that the fountain used recycled water, but agreed with the Twitter user's argument that it was insensitive to have a fountain up at the Mahindra Towers when most of Maharashtra was struggling with drought.
It's recirculated water & no wastage. But you're right, sends the wrong signal. We'll shut it down. https://t.co/zGt4GTOvv3
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) March 29, 2016
The government estimated in 2014-2015 that more than 19,000 villages in In Maharashtra, India’s third-largest state, had no access to water.
But not everyone is happy with Mahindra's acquiescence. BJP's IT cell head, Amit Malviya, said the fountain isn't going to solve the water crisis.
@anandmahindra We must stop being apologetic about such things. Stopping a fountain (reused water) isn't going to solve the water crisis.
— Amit Malviya (@malviyamit) March 29, 2016
Some even pointed out that birds quenched their thirst at the fountain and would be hit if it is shut down.
— Ushy Mohan Das (@UshyMohanDas) March 30, 2016
Ah well. Good for Mahindra to at least listen to feedback, whether the fountain continues to function or not.
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