Mukesh Ambani’s 28-storey home in south Mumbai, Antilia, needs 5.65 lakh litres every month, said chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in the Legislative Council on Wednesday.
He was replying to a question raised by Nationalist Congress Party legislator Prakash Binsale, who asked if the Ambani residence got five lakh litres of water supply in April 2011, when there was a water shortage in the city.
“In April 2011, the city did not face any major water cuts. Antilia is a 28-storey tower and has a demand of 18,230 litres of water per day, which amounts to 5.65 lakh litres every month. This was supplied to them,” Chavan said in his written answer.
The present official allocation of water supply for new buildings is 45 litres of water per person a day. This means Antilia consumes water enough for 405 people a day.
“What is the reason for the supply of such large amounts of water to the residence?” Binsale asked.
Binsale also asked how the water supply to slums is decided and how the civic body plans to solve the problem of water shortage in the city. The current water shortage in the city is 800 million litres of water a day.
“The slums, which have come up prior to January 1, 1995, are supplied water according to the demand and availability of water. Right now the Middle Vaitarna project is in the pipeline. The BMC is also working on plugging the leaks in the distribution system, which will improve the supply,” Chavan said.