Additional Municipal Commissioner Anil Diggikar, admitting that the Middle Vaitarna project was inordinately delayed, said the civic body is taking no chances with the monsoon this year and has begun planning for alternative sources of water.
How do you plan to bridge the gap between demand and supply?
We are trying, but the administrative process for Middle Vaitarna took too much time. It was started 10 to 12 years ago, and should have been completed by now. But we learned from this. We have started the process for the project at Gargai and the state government is working on the Pinjal project.
What is the progress on the Gargai project?
We’ll make sure that the sanctions are ready by the time the Middle Vaitarna project is complete. After July, we will start the tender process for Gargai and by March 2012 the project will begin. By 2015, it should give Mumbai 440 million litres a day.
What if the monsoon is delayed this year?
We have already planned for alternative sources. We will, in any case, adopt ways to save drinking water by using wells, borewells and by recycling water for non-potable use.
Why did you not think of such measures before?
Because we never experienced such a situation before.