Providing 24x7 water supply to the entire city and ensuring water security for the city’s growing population are likely among the major focus points in the 2013-14 civic budget, which will be presented on Monday.
This means that the budget for water supply, which has the highest capital expenditure budget allocation among other civic amenities every year, is only likely to swell in the upcoming fiscal.
While the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to add several projects to improve water supply to the city, additional budget provisions would also be made to the ongoing projects that have been delayed.
A comprehensive plan to survey and detect leakages in the city’s water distribution system is likely to be rolled out for 2013-14 after the BMC launched its water audit project in last year’s budget. This project would identify the exact amount of water lost from the city’s 4000 km distribution network and reduce the unaccounted-for water.
“An external agency could be appointed to detect and repair leakages and improve the water distribution system. Procurement of more flow meters to measure supply to each zone in the city would also be taken up in the coming year,” said a senior civic official.
Besides, provision is also likely to be made for work to be taken up on the two planned water tunnels of a total 14 km length, which would be built from Chembur to Trombay and Chembur to Parel.
The ambitious five-year plan laid out by the civic body to carry out cloud-seeding experiments every year is also likely to receive fund allocation. Following a failed monsoon in 2012, municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte had taken a decision last year to conduct cloud-seeding experiments above the city’s lakes every year.
Apart from this, the civic body would be continuing its ongoing projects of replacement and rehabilitation of water mains, which are lagging behind schedule.