The island city and parts of the western suburbs will not get water for a day while parts of south central Mumbai will have to bear a 50% water cut in the first week of the New Year.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be fixing a butterfly valve on the 2,500 mm Bhandup-Maroshi main line. The line will have to be isolated for 72 hours for this.
While different parts of south Mumbai and the western suburbs will have to go without water on different days from January 6 to January 8, parts of south central Mumbai will have to face a 50% water cut during these days. The western suburbs of Goregaon and Malad will face a 10% water cut during these three days.
“This will be an inconvenience to people but I request them to make a note and preserve water during these three days because this is for better service in future,” municipal commissioner, Swadheen Kshatriya, said.
The work of fitting the butterfly valve is part of constructing a water tunnel from Marol Maroshi to Ruparel College in Matunga. This tunnel, 60 metres below ground level, will replace the old mains.
The Maroshi-Matunga tunnel is one of three tunnels the BMC is constructing across the city to augment water supply. The other two are the 3.6-km tunnel from Malabar Hill to Cross Maidan and the 6.1-km tunnel from Yerawali to Yari Road.
“These tunnels are virtually maintenance-free or almost 15 years and will facilitate uninterrupted water supply to the city with better pressure,” Kshatriya said. “These tunnels cannot be punctured. This will help reduce water leakages and thefts.”
He said the BMC will supply 3,350 million litres of water every day until July 15, 2011, without interruption. “Water levels in all the six lakes are healthy and the civic body has planned to supply 3,350 mld until July 15,” he said.