In order to overcome Mumbai's water crisis, Maharashtra Government will help the Bhrihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in setting up a desalination plant within six months for treating sea water, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said on Friday.
He informed the State Assembly during a calling attention motion from Gopal Shetty and others that Mumbai may face acute water shortage due to scanty rainfall and the water levels in all lakes providing drinking water going down.
Noting that presently 15 per cent water supply was cut, he said the present crisis will further deepen if no rains occur during pre-monsoon period.
Chavan said that as part of the drive for water conservation, new building-towers in the city will not be given water pipeline connections.
Presently the city was receiving 2,900 MLD water against the demand of 3,450 MLD, he said, stressing on the need for water harvesting and water conservation.
Chavan said there were water theft cases and water losses due to damaged pipe lines.The BMC was expected to control the water theft and Rs 98 crore was being provided for repairs of underground pipelines which were supplying contaminated water to Mumbai, he added.