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Brace for more water cuts

india Updated: Aug 26, 2009 02:24 IST
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All high and dry, the municipal corporation has set its timetable for water cuts.

Attempts to induce rain in catchments of lakes that supply water to the city have come to a nought.

If the situation continues, the municipal body will increase water cuts by another 10 per cent by end of September. If there’s still no sign of rain by then, from October 1, the water cut will go up to 30 per cent for the rest of the year.

Presently, the city faces a 15 per cent water cut due to the gradually decreasing water levels in the lakes.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Anil Diggikar said the total water stocks in lakes (about 7.32 lakh million litres) would suffice for another 200 days. That is until mid-March 2010.

Last year, water stock was 13.3 lakh million litres.

The city requires an additional 6 lakh MLD of water stocks for the situation.

“We are optimistic about rainfall in catchment areas but if there is no rain in the next month, it would be very difficult to handle the situation,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner Pramod Charankar.

The third aerial cloud seeding experiment was conducted on Tuesday. The experiments are being conducted for 60 days at a cost of Rs 8 crore.

Besides, a non-scientific method of inducing rain was also carried out on Tuesday at a cost of Rs 15 lakh.