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For uninterrupted water supply, south Mumbai to get extra reservoir at Malabar Hill

The existing reservoir is 136 years old and is in dire need of repair

mumbai Updated: Aug 30, 2018 00:27 IST
Steffy Thevar
Steffy Thevar
Hindustan Times
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The construction for the new reservoir is expected to begin in the next three to four months(Wikimedia Commons)

To provide uninterrupted water supply to south Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to a build a water reservoir in addition to the existing 136-year-old Malabar Hill reservoir, which is in need of urgent repair.

The Malabar Hill reservoir supplies water to most wards of South Mumbai, including A (Fort), C (Girgaon) and D (Malabar hills) wards. The reservoir is located right below Hanging Garden.

The civic body said the new reservoir would have 20% capacity of the existing one. The Malabar Hill reservoir has a total of five compartments — that can hold a maximum of 147 million litres of water — and the civic body plans to repair each one separately. As each compartment shuts for repair, the new reservoir would help maintain a regular supply of water to south Mumbai.

The BMC’s chief engineer for water supply and projects, Manmohan Pednekar, said, “The alternate reservoir will come up on BMC land — which has a civic body’s maintenance post that will be shifted temporarily. There are many procedures yet to be finalised. There are around 40 trees which are coming in the way. We will study whether they have to be shifted or not.”

The construction for the new reservoir is expected to begin in the next three to four months.

Plans to repair the old reservoir have been on hold for a while now because of a BMC bungalow housing a bureaucrat couple could not be vacated. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) commissioner, Pallavi Darade and her husband, Pravin Darade, additional metropolitan commissioner of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), currently live in the building.

An officer from the BMC’s Hydraulics department said one of the old reservoirs’ compartments is located directly below the bungalow (its foundation comes in the way) and work would begin on others which are not in the way.

Pallavi Darade, however, said, “We are staying here as per the Government of Maharashtra order. The BMC needs to approach the government for any communication. The reservoir has a separate entrance for maintenance and repair. The BMC can repair it even today if they want it.”

First Published: Aug 30, 2018 00:27 IST