Navi Mumbai : Incessant rains have brought cheer to residents of Navi Mumbai as both the dams – Morbe and Hetawane – are reaching overflow level.

In June, when the BMC imposed a 20% water cut, residents of Navi Mumbai felt the NMMC would follow suit. However, the situation took a dramatic change in July when the satellite city witnessed heavy showers. If the current trend continues, both dams will overflow in the next 3-4 days, said Arvind Shinde, executive engineer of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC).

 While Morbe is under jurisdiction of NMMC, Hetawane is managed by City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco). Residents were worried when the Morbe dam received lower-than expected water in June, causing a dip in its storage capacity. The dam was filled up to 72.6 mm by the end of last month due to scant rainfall. Now the water level has touched 80.5 mm with the storage of over 63% by Thursday evening. The dam’s overflow mark is 88 mm. The Morbe dam, which was purchased by the NMMC 14 years ago, has proved beneficial as it has become a major source of water in Navi Mumbai.

Even Hetawane dam tells a similar story. On Thursday evening, the level at Hetawane dam was 80.5 mm, whose overflow mark is 83.1 mm.

 Indra Bhadra

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