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More water for Mumbai

mumbai Updated: Nov 19, 2011 01:32 IST
Kunal Purohit

Mumbai is all set to get an additional supply of 100 million litres of water every day by the end of November.

In fact, the civic body has already been drawing half that amount for the past few days on a trial basis. This move will help reduce the deficit of around 900 million litres per day (mld) between the city’s demand and the civic body’s supply.

Currently, Mumbai needs 4,250 mld of water. It gets 3,350 mld, which will be increased to 3,450 mld by the end of the month. Although this additional water will be distributed equitably among the different service reservoirs in the city, the areas that will benefit the most are Malabar Hill and Peddar Road in the island city and Trombay, Govandi and Mankhurd in the eastern suburbs, it is learnt.

A senior civic official said: “Since we have had bountiful rainfall this year, we have decided to increase the city’s water supply by 100 mld. This will alleviate the problem faced by residents of some areas.”

“There is enough water to sustain us till the end of June 2012. In case rains are delayed, we can always revise this arrangement next year, as we approach the rainy season,” officials of the hydraulic engineering department said.

There have been concerns that increasing the water supply could put a strain on the city’s pipelines. However, a civic official said: “We are trying different pressure combinations and hence, have slowly started bringing in about 60 mld water. This will gradually increase to 100 mld once we are confident about the pressure and the flow of water.”

BMC chief Subodh Kumar and additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota could not be reached for their comments, despite repeated attempts by Hindustan Times.