After being lambasted by corporators for inadequate water supply despite enough water reserve, the municipal corporation has initiated pilot experiments across the city.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to cut water supply time by 10 minutes in five wards in the northwestern parts of the city. This will be done to ensure that more water pressure is built up, thus enabling greater distribution in those areas.
“We have realised that lack of adequate water pressure is one major reason why people are dissatisfied with the supply. Hence, we plan to reduce the supply timings by 10 minutes — by starting water supply five minutes later than usual and stopping it five minutes earlier,” explained additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota.
The wards covered under this plan would be P north, P south, R central, R north and R south, which cover areas from Goregaon (West) to Dahisar (West). “With such an arrangement, we plan to have more water in the reservoir, which would then enable more pressure in our pipelines. Currently, with limited pressure, water supply in the fag end areas of the pipelines is dismal. We are trying to solve this problem,” said RV Bambale, civic hydraulic engineer.
Corporators have mixed reactions to the project.
Mohan Mithbavkar, corporator from R central ward, said: “It does seem to be a good move since cutting down supply by 10 minutes will help build up considerable pressure.”
But his counterpart in the R north ward, Rajendra Chaubey, feels that the BMC should not approve such blanket provisions. “Such a plan should be subjective and be implemented only in those areas where the supply is for more than two hours. In many parts of my ward, water supply is just for an hour. At time, people are forced to let water flow for the first 10 minutes because it is contaminated. In such a scenario, how can they expect us to approve the plan?”
The BMC also plans to overhaul the water distribution system in L ward, which covers Kurla, Chunabhatti and parts of Saki Naka.
“In L ward, we are working to improve two major aspects, one is that of increasing water pressure in the area, while the other is fixing the erratic supply timings. We are drawing up plans to overhaul the distribution system,” said Jalota.