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City lakes full, but water woes continue

The city’s water woes do not seem to be coming to an end. Even though the civic body recently announced the lakes supplying water to Mumbai have enough stock to last till June 2012, several parts of the city are facing water shortage.

mumbai Updated: Aug 20, 2011 01:22 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar
Sujit Mahamulkar
Hindustan Times

The city’s water woes do not seem to be coming to an end. Even though the civic body recently announced the lakes supplying water to Mumbai have enough stock to last till June 2012, several parts of the city are facing water shortage. Worse still, there is no guarantee that the problem will be solved soon, though the administration says that they are working on it.

Water shortage continues in parts of the suburbs, such as Kurla, Malad, Kandivli, Andheri and Jogeshwari, due to low-pressure in the supply lines. Even in the island city, Worli and Byculla are among areas that are not getting water regularly. The supply in all these areas, with the exception of Kurla, is not sufficient. The reasons for this are several.

Firstly, some of the valves, which regulate the water distribution, are faulty, which affects the pressure and flow of water from local reservoirs to homes. Secondly, there are several leakages in the water supply lines, due to which the pressure that is required to maintain the flow of water along the line is reduced. The leakages also result in loss of water. For example, the valve at Veravali reservoir is faulty, which is affecting water supply to Andheri and some other western suburbs.

In the case of Kurla, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has not even been able to identify the cause of the shortage.

In a general body meeting on Thursday, Congress corporator-turned-MLA Rajhans Singh and Nationalist Congress Party corporator Rashid Malik raised the issue and sough immediate action by the BMC. Singh said: “The distribution network dates back to the British era and is hundreds of years old. Why has the BMC ignored the problem for so many years?”

“BMC has promised to supply water 24 hours, 365 days. Where has the promise gone?” Congress corporator Dharmesh Vyas from Santacruz asked Mayor Shraddha Jadhav.

He also claimed that citizens from H-east ward, which includes, Bandra, Khar Road and Santacruz, face 20% to 25% water cut every day. NCP corporator Mangesh Bansod too complained of supply problems in Darukhana area in South Mumbai.

First Published: Aug 20, 2011 01:19 IST