Water stock goes up in city lakes

NOT ENOUGH Shortage down to 28% from 32%, BMC to review water cut policy on Oct 1

Mumbai : Though it may seem that the areas around the seven lakes of Mumbai barely saw any rainfall in the past 24 hours, lake water levels have increased by 48,849 million litres since Friday morning.

However, despite the rise in water levels, the BMC has notified that there will be no change in its water cut policy. The civic body will review its water cut policy on October 1, as it had planned to do earlier.

Ashok Tawadia, BMC’s Hydraulic Engineer, said: “Mumbai is still facing 28% water shortage in comparison with the amount of water required to suffice the city till the next monsoon. The shortage was 32% earlier but rainfall in the areas of the seven lakes in the past 24 hours has helped.” The water stock in the lakes rose to 10,43,001 million litres on Saturday from 9,94,152 lillion litres on Friday morning.

Gates of the Middle Vaitarna and Upper Vaitarna lake were opened on Friday morning, but contrary to popular perception, this is not because of overflow of water from the lake. Tawadia informed that the gates are opened several times a year, only to let lake water flow into the lower lakes such as Modak Sagar and Bhatsa, to maintain its water levels. Middle or Upper Vaitarna themselves are not full,” he clarified.

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