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No water cuts in city for the next one year

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally decided to end the water woes of Mumbaiites.

mumbai Updated: Oct 03, 2010 01:39 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar
Sujit Mahamulkar
Hindustan Times

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally decided to end the water woes of Mumbaiites.

The civic body will pull back all water cuts in the city for the entire next year as the existing water stock available in all six lakes, which provide water to the city, is enough to suffice the city’s water demand till August 2011.

On Friday, municipal commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya in a meeting with all senior officials from the water department took a review of the water situation.

The civic chief concluded that the available water stock is enough to meet the city’s water demand and hence, there was no need to impose any water cuts till next monsoon. According to a civic official, the water stock in all six lakes, which supply water to the city, is 12.96 lakh million litres.

“The civic body does not need to impose any further water cuts for the next year as the lakes show healthy levels,” said Anil Diggikar, additional municipal commissioner.

The water cuts were lifted in September for the festive season, but with a rider that the cuts would be back in case it did not rain much.

However, the rainfall this month has filled all six lakes up to the brim, with five of the six lakes already filled up 100 per cent.

Modak Sagar and Tulsi lakes started overflowing on July 27, while Tansa filled up on August 6 and Vihar on August 19. Upper Vaitarna reached the overflow level last Tuesday. Even Bhatsa is almost full, but the state irrigation department released water from the lake in order to avoid a flood-like situation for nearby villages.

Mumbaiites, who have been reeling under a 15 per cent water cut for the last one year, will finally be relieved.

The city faced an unprecedented water crisis last year due to a delayed monsoon and less rainfall. However, the civic body did revoke water cuts in a phase-wise manner after the water situation in the dams started improving this year.

First Published: Oct 03, 2010 01:38 IST