Mumbai : With not much rise in lake levels despite some monsoon activity, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is thinking of increasing the percentage of water cut by 5 or even 10 per cent more, a senior civic official informed.

A final decision will be taken by BMC two days later. The city faced a

maximum water cut of 40 per cent in 1993, when there was a severe water crisis. Currently, a 20% cut is in practice, which is supposed to last till

July 12.

When there was water shortage in 2009, the BMC had contemplated desalinating seawater. At that time the city had faced a 30 per cent water cut. “However, the process of desalinating is very expensive, so it is not feasible for the BMC,” said additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota.

He added that BMC will give permission to private societies for constructing borewells in their |

premises. “Permission to private societies to construct borewells will be given if they approach us,” he said.

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