After heavy rain, BMC rethinks 20% water cuts

  • Tanushree Venkatraman, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2016 22:31 IST
Officials are estimating that by the end of July, the city would have met half its water requirement for the next year. (Arijit Sen)

The city might soon get respite from water-cuts. Following heavy rainfall in the catchment areas, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is mulling over withdrawing the 20% water-cuts imposed on the city in the coming week. Officials said that the city has met 48% of its water requirement till July 2017 already. 

On Thursday, the total quantity of water in the seven lakes was recorded at 6.6 lakh million litres, close to 4 lakh million litres more than what was recorded the same time in 2015. As per current estimates, the city has water for another 177 days. 

Starting October 1, the city requires 14.37 lakh million litres to go without water-cuts till July 31, 2017, officials said. Mumbai requires close to 3,750 million litres everyday. Owing to water-cuts since August 29, 2015, BMC has reduced the supply to 3,200 million litres everyday. 

Officials are estimating that by the end of July, the city would have met with half of its water requirement for the next year. 

A senior civic official said, "We will take a decision by the next week. We might remove water-cuts sector-wise, where we give priority to residential areas before commercial sectors."

Currently, commercials spaces are facing a 50% water cut. 

According to data, Bhatsa, which caters to more than 50% of Mumbai's water requirement has 3.3 lakh million litres. In 2015, it had only 79 thousand million litres at the same time. Though corporators have been asking for the water-cuts to be removed, officials are fearing that if the city faces a dry spell, them BMC might have to re-impose the water-cuts. 

Among the seven lakes, Vehar has seen the maximum rainfall till date. The lake has received 1,750mm rainfall since June 1. 

(lake levels on gmail)

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