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Higher you live, the harder you’re hit

Every monsoon, those living on higher ground in Malabar Hill and parts of Worli, Malad, Ghatkopar, Kurla and Kasaiwada are pleased rainwater does not enter their homes. But this year, even their taps are in danger of running dry.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2009 01:21 IST

Every monsoon, those living on higher ground in Malabar Hill and parts of Worli, Malad, Ghatkopar, Kurla and Kasaiwada are pleased rainwater does not enter their homes.

But this year, even their taps are in danger of running dry.

The municipal corporation’s decision to impose a 30 per cent water cut will affect the entire city, but mainly parts of these areas that are located on a higher level.

Water that is drawn from the six lakes in Thane district first reaches the reservoirs at Malabar Hill, Trombay, Bhandarwada, Veravali and Malad. It is then distributed further.

“By the time water reaches these elevated areas, the pressure is at the fag end. The 30 per cent cut is not only in the water pressure but also in the time of supply,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner in charge of water supply projects, Pramod Charankar.

So, if the water pressure and duration of supply are drastically reduced, the cut in these areas is likely to exceed 30 per cent.

The immediate solution is either to supply water through tankers or repair the existing bore wells.
“We will try to increase the number of tankers in every ward from one to three. For now, we may hire private tankers,” said Charankar.

However, the corporation is still unclear about an alternative plan. “The cloud seeding plan is still under consideration,” said Charankar.

The corporation does not have any expertise in cloud seeding (see box) and would seek help from the Indian Meteorological Department and rope in a private contractor.