Levels in lakes dip
With negligible rainfall in the catchment areas of the lakes since the last week, water levels in the lakes are receding, reports Bhavika Jain.mumbai Updated: Sep 19, 2009 01:33 IST
With negligible rainfall in the catchment areas of the lakes since the last week, water levels in the lakes are receding.
Till last week, on an average, the lakes were 75 per cent filled, but with the rains playing truant, the levels have lowered to 70 per cent.
Water level increased by only 19,000 million litres only at the end of the week, compared with a daily increase of over 20,000 million litres, last month.
Total water stocks in the lakes are at 9.37 lakh million litres.
“There was about 13.17 lakh million litres of water in the lakes last year at the same time, but there is no improvement in the water stocks since last week,” said Jairaj Phatak, Municipal Commissioner.
The Tulsi Lake had overflowed ten days back is now below the overflow mark by 0.02 metres since the last two days.
To tackle the situation, the civic body will clean dugwells, borewells and wells in the city. More than 335 dugwells in the city, 145 dugwells in the western suburbs and about 232 wells in the eastern suburbs, will be ready for use next month onwards.
“The satellite forecast for the next week shows good cloud formations. If it doesn’t rain naturally, cloud seeding experiments might aid the situation,” added Diggikar.
Deputy municipal commissioner (engineering) Pramod Charankar said, “We will review lake levels on September 30 and decide whether or not and by how much to alter the city’s water cut.”