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No increase in water level in Upper Vaitarna

mumbai Updated: Jul 01, 2010 01:02 IST
Rajendra Aklekar
Rajendra Aklekar
Hindustan Times
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With June almost over, the municipal corporation officials are worried that Upper Vaitarna, one of the crucial lakes that fulfills 17 per cent of the city’s water requirement, has still not shown an increase in its level.

Significantly, other lakes have received quite good amount of rainfall so far.

“Upper Vaitarna is still below the lowest drawable level. It rained about 231mm in the Upper Vaitarna region in June, but the water level is still at the zero point,” chief hydraulic engineer Vinay Deshpande said.

The level for Upper Vaitarna at 3 pm on Wednesday was 593.57 metres, which is still below the lowest drawable level of 595.13 metre. The levels at all the other five lakes have at least crossed this danger mark.

Currently, the city gets only 2,900 million litres of water as against a demand of 4,200 million litres of water from the six lakes — Tulsi, Vihar, Modak Sagar, Tansa, Bhatsa and Upper Vaitarna.

The water levels have risen by more than 34,000 million litres of water in June but the levels are yet to reach a comfortable mark.

Any review on water cuts will be made after July 15. The civic body has currently enforced a 15 per cent water cut for residential users and a 30 per cent cut for commercial users.