Withdraw water cut, demand corporators
With the city receiving a healthy dose of rain this year, city corporators are demanding that the water cut imposed last year be withdrawn.mumbai Updated: Aug 21, 2010 02:03 IST
With the city receiving a healthy dose of rain this year, city corporators are demanding that the water cut imposed last year be withdrawn.
However, despite four lakes that supply water to the city overflowing, the civic administration refuses to comply because two major lakes Upper Vaitarna and Bhatsa, that contribute 70 per cent of the water supply, are yet to fill up.
Sameer Desai of the Congress raised the demand in the civic Standing Committee, saying the ruling party should withdraw the water cut completely and give citizens a 15 per cent cut in water charges.
"Till then the business of the Standing Committee should be put on hold," he said. "But, if for some reason, the city receives no rainfall over the next 40 days, a water cut can be imposed again. We will stand by the administration on this."
Shiv Sena also supported the demand. Ravindra Waikar, of the Sena, said, "If four lakes out of six have filled up 100 per cent, why is the administration waiting to withdraw the water cut?" BJP leader Ashish Shelar seconded the demand.
Anil Diggikar, however, said, "The lakes are still short of 2.30 million litres."
Bhatsa is six metres from the overflow mark, while Upper Vaitarna is 3 metres from overflow level. The total water stock in all six lakes is 10.81 lakh million litres against 7.32 lakh million litres last year.
The original water cut of 15 per cent was reduced to 10 per cent last month. On August 14, the civic body increased water supply by 100 MLD. Since this is subject to lakes receiving more water, the water cut in Mumbai is between 7 and 10 per cent.