The new year has not brought an end to the city's water woes. Authorities say that Mumbai's citizens will have to suffer a 20 per cent water cut for the first five days of the year.
The water cut will take place from Wednesday to Sunday, throughout the city as the second part of the Mumbai III-A project, which promises to increase the water supply by approximately 150 million litres per day, begins.
Starting from Wednesday, the work to connect the smaller pipes from the Bhatsa dam to the major pipelines supplying water to the city will start.
The work will be undertaken at five different places at Panjrapur pumping station near Bhivandi.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Ratnakar Hariname, BMC Hydraulic Engineer said it would be beneficial to the citizens in the long run. "We are forced to curtail the water supply as it needs to be stopped while carrying out repairs. This project will increase water supply considerably for the city in future," said Hariname. During the repairs, the water supply had to be stopped and the whole line isolated for dewatering the entire line.
"The worst affected citizens would be those residing at the fag ends or on hillocks, where we have worked out alternative arrangements to minimise discomfort," said Hariname.
The first phase of the project took place on December 27, when the city faced a 100 per cent cut, when two butterfly valves were repaired. The work was successfully completed in five hours by civic engineers who repaired the valves. Residents had stored water previously due to constant appeals by the BMC and residents hardly faced any large scale trouble.
The BMC has arranged water tankers stationed at all the 24 wards. The tankers will be utilised only during an emergency.
The city gets water supply of 3,200 million liters per day, though its requirement is 4,000. Over the years various projects like Middle Vaitarna projects which aims to supply over 455 mld has been pending for a decade due to environmental issues.