Mumbai: In a major respite to Mumbaikars, the civic administration of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation stated that it is positive that it will get sufficient water stock from the state government to fulfil the city’s needs till the end of July. The current water stock has dropped to less than 15 per cent of its total capacity of 14.47 million litres, which is far less when compared to last year’s 29.56% and 29.93% during the corresponding period in 2017.
“The BMC had written to the state government seeking permission to use reserve water stock from two of its lake,Bhatsa and Upper Vaitarna. The BMC had said the additional water stock is enough to take care of the city’s water needs till July this year.”
The last time the BMC had to draw into the water reserve stock is in 2016 due to poor monsoon in 2015. Similarly, poor monsoon in 2018 has led to this water shortage this year. A senior civic official said, “We have got a positive response from the state government to use the reserve stock of water. The current water stock with the BMC is enough to be used till June, however, we want to ensure sufficient water stock till July.”
The BMC has sought permission from the state to draw up to 1.70 million litres from the two lakes. The current water stock is at a three-year low. The BMC manages to supply 3,750 million liters daily against the city’s demand of 4,200 million litres. The BMC requires 14.47 ml water stock at the end of the monsoon for it to last till the next monsoon, however, there is significant shortage in water stocks this year.