Mumbai: After heavy rains, BMC cancels 10% water cut

BMC administration has appealed to citizens that even though rainfall is sufficient in catchment areas, citizens should use water wisely

Kalpesh MhamunkarUpdated: Saturday, July 09, 2022, 09:03 AM IST
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Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday said it has decided to cancel the 10 per cent water cut imposed in the city, as the catchment areas have received enough rainfall and there was sufficient water stock in lakes.

In June 2022, Mumbai witnessed low rainfall in the catchment areas. The water level in the seven lakes was decreasing day by day. To avoid future water shortage, the BMC has imposed a 10 per cent water cut in Mumbai from June 27.

However, in the first week of July, catchment areas received heavy rainfall. Now, BMC has 25 per cent of water stock in the lakes. Hence, the 10 per cent water cut has been cancelled from July 8. Upper Vaitarna, Modak Sagar, Tanasa, Madhya Vaitarna, Bhatsa, Vihar and Tulsi lakes supply potable water to Mumbai.

Mumbai needs 14,47,363 million litre (ML) water in a year. The BMC supplies 3,850 MLD to Mumbai.

But on June 27, lakes had 131,770 ML water stock. which was 9.10 per cent of overall stock. But on July 8, BMC had 375,514 ML (25.94%) water stock in all its seven lakes.

On June 29, there was 10.16 per cent water stock in all lakes. it was increased to 19.08 per cent on July 7. 129,123 ML (8.92%) water stock has increased between June 29 and July 7, and 99, 395 ML (6.86%) between July 7-8. As on Friday, the lakes have water stock for 108 days.

BMC administration has appealed to citizens that even though rainfall is sufficient in catchment areas, citizens should use water wisely.

On Wednesday, former BJP corporators Vinod Mishra, Kamlesh Yadav and Abhijit Samant met BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal and requested him to withdraw the water cut in Mumbai.

"The BMC had declared 10 per cent water cut on paper but in reality it was 30 per cent in some places. People used to come and complain about the water shortage. Accordingly we met the Commissioner and requested him to withdraw water cut," said Vinod Mishra.

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