After last year’s disappointing monsoon, there's good news for the city.
Since the onset of the monsoon on June 11, the city has already received rainfall that is more than 50 per cent of the seasonal rainfall that the city receives between June to September.
Since June 1, Colaba has received 1,400 mm rainfall as against the normal value of 2,100 mm for the entire season. Similarly, rainfall recorded in Santacruz stands at 1,270 mm as compared to 2,305 mm across four months. In 2009, the city received an annual rainfall of only 1026.15 mm.
Officials in India Meterological Department said there is no reason for the good downpour. “There are various features that give rainfall," said R.V. Sharma, deputy director general, western region. Sharma attributed the increase in rainfall to the recent depression in the Bay of Bengal, strong pressures along the Arabian Sea and trough of low pressure along the Western coast.
Water cuts may go beyond July 15
BMC Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya on Tuesday said the civic body will have to extend the water cuts beyond July 15 as the lake levels were not up to satisfactory levels. “The lake levels have risen, but not satisfactory yet and we may have to extend the water cuts beyond July 15. I will take a stock of the situation on July 15,” Kshatriya said. The BMC is worried that the lakes may take longer time than usual to fill up and is deliberating on the need to extend the water cuts till the end of monsoon.