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BMC plugged 25,000 pipe leaks in three months

The municipal corporation has plugged 25,000 visible leaks in the last three months in a bid to save water lost due to theft, illegal and pilferage.

mumbai Updated: Apr 10, 2010 01:16 IST
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The municipal corporation has plugged 25,000 visible leaks in the last three months in a bid to save water lost due to theft, illegal and pilferage.

Civic officials said between January 1 and March 31 they have taken action against 5,190 unauthorised connections and attended to 4,530 water contamination complaints.

“We have undertaken a drive to reduce wastage of water due to theft and leakages,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner, Anil Diggikar.

There is a stock of 2.96 lakh million litres in all the six lakes that supply water to the city as compared to the 4.81 lakh million litres in the lakes same time last year.

More than 20 per cent of the city’s water is lost every day in theft and leakages.

In the last three months, the municipal body has confiscated 722 booster pumps and imposed a 30 per cent water cut on 263 public toilets.

The city is currently reeling under a 15-per cent water cut due to scanty rain last year. The cut will continue till monsoon.

With the view to develop alternative water sources, the municipal body has budgeted Rs 67 crore to develop these sources for which work order worth Rs 45 crore has been given.

More than 163 rainwater harvesting plants have been created, work on 11 ringwells has been completed and work on 220 borewells is in progress.