A major part of the eastern suburbs — from Mulund to Vikhroli — is now getting round the clock water supply.
After successfully implementing the 24x7 water supply scheme in the eastern suburb of Mulund, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), has now extended this scheme to the eastern suburbs till Vikhroli from Thursday.
Next in line are Ghatkopar and Kurla where the BMC hopes to implement the scheme soon.
From this week, the new areas that will benefit from the scheme are Bhandup, Nahur, Kanjurmarg and Vikhroli. This means that the BMC will now supply water to your society throughout the day, instead of supplying it for a few hours as is the case currently. The civic body is now supplying around 6-8 million litres of water extra to these areas every day.
Thursday’s development comes nearly a month after the civic body declared the pilot project of providing round-the-clock water supply to Mulund a success. If civic officials are to be believed, there have been no hitches in the supply so far.
Ahead of the monsoons, this could also mean a less chances of these areas receiving contaminated water as pipelines continuously filled with water would leave little scope for contamination to occur.
However, presently, only the eastern side of these suburbs will benefit from the scheme. “This is because the eastern side is supplied water from Bhatsa dam directly. We also have the infrastructure to supply additional water to these areas. We are yet to achieve this in the western side of the suburbs,” said a senior official in the Hydraulic engineer’s department.
Officials said the civic body will also look at quantifying and auditing the supply of water. “We are installing flow meters on pipelines in these areas. Hence, we will be able to quantify the exact supply to this area and co-relate that figure to the total consumption of these areas, based on the readings we get from water meters installed at connections. This will help us determine if we have been losing water to leakages and pilferages,” said an official.