Apart from the 15 per cent cut, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided not to supply drinking water till March 2012 to housing colonies that require more than 2 lakh litres per day. All new constructions will get only 45 litres of water per head every day instead of the norm of 90 litres.
This was confirmed by Additional Municipal Commissioner Anil Diggikar.
This rule is not applicable to resettled project-affected societies and buildings constructed under Slum Rehabilitation Authority project. The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) had constructed and sold 3,863 houses under its affordable housing scheme. Also, recently MHADA offered 3,449 low-cost houses, of which 1,111 are in Mankhurd, and announced another 4,500 flats on offer over the next year.
“The BMC has amended the rules and made developers aware of the water situation,” added Diggikar.
The BMC also planned a 24-hour water cut in different areas of the city once a week, but shelved it after strong political opposition.