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Water cut? Not a problem

On Wednesday, the first day of the civic body’s four-day water cut across the city, residents and hospitals were better prepared as compared to last time. Bhavika Jain reports.

mumbai Updated: May 19, 2011 01:08 IST
Bhavika Jain

On Wednesday, the first day of the civic body’s four-day water cut across the city, residents and hospitals were better prepared as compared to last time.

The water cuts, which will end on May 21, will vary from 25% to 100%, depending on the area.

Though some residents said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) should not have planned cuts in the height of summer, they had stored enough to get through the day.

“We have stored water, which will last us two days. As the BMC is imposing 100% water cuts in rotation, it should not be too much of a problem,” said Shraddha Mathur, a resident of Shanti Nivas in Cuffe Parade.

Jahangir Mistry, a resident of Cusrow Baugh in Colaba, said: “Imposing water cuts during the summer is a bad idea.

The BMC should have planned better.”

Realising that the city hospitals faced severe problems during the water cut imposed earlier this month, this time the BMC has decided to divert water tankers from other ward offices to hospitals in case of emergency. The civic body has one tanker per ward.

“Tankers at the other wards that are not facing water cuts will be kept ready so that if a hospital needs additional supply, we can press them into service,” said BMC’s chief hydraulic engineer RB Bamble.

However, most hospitals in south Mumbai — the area that faced cuts on Wednesday — faced no disruption. Jaslok hospital on Peddar Road made use of the BMC tankers that had been offered.

“The BMC offered us water tankers to ensure that hospital services are not hampered. We were given four water tankers on Wednesday,” said Dr SK Mohanty, medical director of Jaslok. Mohanty said doctors there performed 24 surgeries on Wednesday.

During the earlier four-day cut, between May 9 and 12, water shortage had forced many hospitals, both public and private, to postpone or cancel surgeries. Civic officials believe the problems due to water cuts will begin on the second and the third day.

The cuts have been imposed as the BMC is repairing the Maroshi-Ruparel College tunnel and fixing a 2,400 mm valve on the tunnel. The tunnel is expected to be operational by August 2012.