The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has clarified that restrictions on water connections to new high-rises will be imposed only until the water crisis prevails.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan had said in the legislature on Friday that BMC would not give water connections to new towers demanding more than 2 lakh litres until 2012 when the Middle Vaitarna project is completed.
“It is not possible to give water supply to all new buildings right now,” said Mayor Shraddha Jadhav. “But the decision will be reviewed if there is normal rainfall next monsoon.”
The project promises to augment the city’s water supply by 455 million litres daily (MLD).
The BMC, however, said the decision will be reviewed if it rains well in 2010. “We had this decision in place since March, but it’s not a permanent thing,” said Standing Committee Chairman Ravindra Waikar.
The civic body is giving water connections to new buildings that are already given occupation certificates [certificates from the BMC allowing owners to occupy the structure].
Since July, BMC has cut 2,000 connections, and says it will restore them when conditions improve. Civic estimates also say that since last year, more than 1,300 buildings have got clearance to start projects. The BMC is, however, providing 45 litres per head to those living in newly constructed buildings as against the supply of 90 litres per head across the city.
Due to poor rainfall and depleting water levels in city’s lakes, the BMC has imposed a 15 per cent cut in supply for domestic use and 30 per cent for commercial use.
The total water stock in all six lakes is about 8.32 lakh litres as against the stock of 10 lakh litres last year.