The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday said it would not be possible to roll back water cuts in the city because the water levels in crucial lakes that supply water to the city were not at a satisfactory level as yet.
“Though the water levels in these lakes had exceeded last year’s levels, they have not yet reached a satisfactory mark and it will be too early to withdraw water cuts,” BMC Additional Commissioner Anil Diggikar said.
Mumbai gets its water supply from six lakes — Modak Sagar, Tansa, Tulsi,Bhatsa, Upper Vaitarna and Vihar. However, following rainfall, the BMC said it had increased supply of 100 million litres of water daily (MLD) in the past three weeks, taking the total supply from 2,900 MLD to 3,000 MLD.
Corporators across the party lines requested the BMC, at Friday’s civic standing committee, to withdraw water cuts now that after the heavy rainfalls because of which the water levels in lakes were rising.
“Citizens are asking us why the water cuts are still prevalent if the lake levels were filled,” NCP corporator Niyaz Wanu said. Shiv Sena corporator Sunil Prabhu also insisted that the BMC should withdraw water cuts to give relief to citizens.