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No increase in water cut: BMC

Bhavika Jain, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, August 08, 2009
First Published: 01:19 IST(8/8/2009) | Last Updated: 01:20 IST(8/8/2009)

In what will certainly come as a relief to Mumbaiites, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has deferred its decision to increase water cuts in the city.

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Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak on Friday said the civic body will continue with the 15 per cent water cut but will not increase it.

The city has not got any significant rainfall for the last 10 days.

The hydraulic engineer of the civic body has recommended a 10 per cent increase in the water cut because the rainfall has stopped in the catchment areas of city’s water supply lakes in Mumbai and Thane district.

The city needs 13 lakh million litres of water to suffice for the entire year, but currently the lakes have 7.32 lakh million litres.

“We presently have water that will suffice for 180 and 200 days,” said Phatak.

“Due to insignificant rainfall in the catchment areas of the lakes we don’t have enough water in comparison to last year,” he added.

With rains doing a vanishing act, the civic body’s cloud seeding plan is still on.

The civil aviation licence for the scientific seeding experiment will take eight days.

“The crude experiment which will be done by Shantilal Meckoni of the Meckoni enterprise will take place in the next week,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner, Anil Diggikar.

However, Meckoni who has been monitoring the cloud formation for a few days now said, “The clouds over the catchments are scattered and if any experiment is conducted in such a condition it will only drizzle and not rain.”

“We tested the instruments today at Modak Sagar but at least for the next three to four days we will not be able to carry out any experiment,” added Meckoni.

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