In a contrast of sorts, the areas in the city and western suburbs that were receiving yellowish water since 10 days have started getting clean water from Thursday whereas those in the eastern suburbs – that were largely unaffected by the oxidation so far – have started complaining of the yellowish tint from Wednesday.
Areas in eastern suburbs such as Ghatkopar have started complaining of yellowish water. Ghatkopar resident Sushama Surve, 52, said, “We have started getting yellowish water.”
Ironically, the civic body has still not been able to ascertain the reason behind the yellowish tint and still continue to remain oblivious to the method to get rid of it. “We tried some 3-4 things together to discolour the yellow water. It has worked, but we are still not sure what exactly resulted in the success,” said additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta.
“Few lines of western suburbs that are connected to Ghatkopar might have resulted in the yellowish water getting supplied to the area. The colour will vanish in a day or two,” said an official from the water department.
As a precautionary measure, the civic body has stopped releasing the water from Upper Vaitarna to Modak Sagar dam. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started using new stock of alum.
Meanwhile, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, on Thursday, directed the water supply minister Laxman Dhoble to submit the report on his visit to Upper Vaitarana at the earliest. Civic officials said Dhoble visited the lake and told the former that the state would provide all assistance required to the BMC.