In a major relief to Mumbaiites, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has stayed a decision by the Thane irrigation circle to reduce 40% of the water supply from Bhatsa dam to the city. About 48% of the city’s water supply comes from this dam in Thane district, which is owned by the state irrigation department.
The civic body had replied to the irrigation circle’s letter stating they did not understand such a demand and also stated that 22 days of rainfall increased the water stock at Bhatsa by 1 lakh million litres.
The city has been hit by 20% water cut from August 27, which is likely to continue throughout the year, with the monsoon coming to an end and the city facing a water stock shortage of about 3 lakh million litres. If civic body sources are to be believed, the demand of the irrigation department could not have been followed as 2,120 million litres of water a day is supplied from Bhatsa, which is about 48% of the total water supply from one dam. A reduction in water supply from Bhatsa to the city could have led to a further increase in water cuts.
This issue was discussed by BJP city chief Ashish Shelar with the chief minister on Tuesday and the letter was immediately stayed. A coordination meeting has been called by Fadnavis to discuss this issue. Shelar said, “After the BMC replied to the state government after reviewing the water situation, there was no reply from the state. So I requested the chief minister to look into the matter. He has, however, ordered a stay on the irrigation department’s 40% water reduction from the Bhatsa dam and called for a meeting on this issue.”