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Buying a flat? It may not get drinking water supply

india Updated: Feb 27, 2009 00:15 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar

If you have recently bought a flat or are about to buy one, check if it has the civic drinking water supply.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided not to supply drinking water to newly-constructed buildings till 2011-end. The condition is applicable to all constructions approved after December 1, 2008.

Anil Diggikar, additional municipal commissioner (projects), said: “Any application for approval of plans for new buildings will not get drinking water till December 2011.”

The BMC recently amended the Intimation of Disapproval — a document needed to begin construction. The approval of new plans will now come with the rider that drinking water supply will be unavailable for at least two years.

Earlier, the BMC had decided to deny connections only for skyscrapers, where the daily demand would be over 2 lakh litres per day. However, the demand-supply gap will not be bridged for at least two years, and the BMC has decided to stop new connections.

The city needs 4,100 million litres a day (MLD), while the BMC supplies 3,400 MLD.

By 2011-end, the BMC hopes to increase supply by 455 MLD through the Middle Vaitarana dam and 200 MLD by using rainwater and borewells. Replacing Mumbai’s 100-year-old pipelines will prevent theft and leaks, boosting supply by another 700 MLD by 2012, wiping out the shortfall.

The halt on connections comes at a time when the government has cleared the way for vertical development of congested parts of the island city.

Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak said the BMC would cope with the demand in the long term.