Mumbaiites can heave a sigh of relief. Even as the city heads towards a hot summer, the civic body has ruled out any water cuts on citizens, at least till June 30.
Reiterating that the city has enough water to last at full supply till June-end, senior civic officials have said there won’t be any water cuts imposed till the monsoon. This comes, even as a series of single day water cuts were imposed in various parts of the city in the past two weeks, thanks to pipeline work by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Refusing to be named, a senior civic official said, “We have adequate water stocks to last us till at least June 30. Hence, our normal supplies will continue till then.”
Vinay Deshpande, hydraulic engineer, confirmed this and said, “The trend has been such that monsoon has been delayed, from May-end to almost June-end. Hence, we have planned to ensure that we are ready to meet such delays in rainfall. Accordingly, our calculations will ensure that the supply that the city gets today will continue at least till the end of June. In case the monsoon is further delayed, we will chalk out a plan to counter it when required.”
Thanks to scanty rainfall, the civic body had imposed 15% water cut on residential users, and a 30% cut on commercial users.
The 2010 rainfall, however, was bountiful and hence, the civic body had lifted the water cuts in October last year.