Brace for 20% water cut from tomorrow
Planning agency to provide recycled water from its sewage treatment plants for non-potable uses; the move will add 20 mld to supply by Dec 2016
CBD BELAPUR: Residents will have to bear the brunt of less rainfall this year as City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) has declared 20% water cuts in the areas under its jurisdiction from November 6.
The planning authority was forced to declare the cuts owing to less rainfall in the catchment areas of Morbe Dam, Barvi Dam and Patalganga Water Supply Scheme (PWSS).
Cidco has observed a short supply of 33 million litres per day (MLD) with respect to the present demand of 216 MLD owing to water cuts in areas under Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Maharashtra Jeevan Pradhikaran.
The details of water supply hours and zoning of each node have been uploaded on the planning authority’s website www. cidco.maharashtra.gov.in
“Cidco has been monitoring the situation daily. It has requested additional 3 MLD of water from MIDC, expected to be supplied in two months,” said Mohan Ninawe, chief public relations officer of Cidco.
“The augmentation of raw water pumps at Hetawane water treatment plant will add another 15 MLD to the water supply. The project is expected to be completed in May 2016,” he said.
“An additional water supply of 35 MLD over and above the present 85 MLD from the PWSS will be available by December 2016,” said Ninawe.
Ninawe said that the augmentation of pipeline from 1,200 mm diameter to 1500 mm between Hetawane Dam and Cidco’s water treatment plant at Jite in Pen is expected to be completed by May 2017. The move will add 35 MLD to its supply.
Cidco has also requested the state government and MIDC for an additional 100 MLD, expected to be available by December 2016, from the Barvi Dam.
In another attempt, Cidco plans to provide recycled water from its sewage treatment plants for various purposes other than drinking. This will add 20 MLD to the water supply by December 2016.
“For a long-term solution, Cidco has undertaken the Balganga Dam to add 350 MLD of drinking water to the supply. Water from the dam, presently under litigation, is expected to be available by 2022. By 2020, 300 MLD of drinking water would be available from Kondhane dam,” said Ninawe.
He added that the corporation was planning to set up desalination plants and bring Koyna tail water to MMRDA region.
› Cidco has requested additional 3 mld of water from MIDC, expected to be supplied in two months. It has requested the state and MIDC for an additional 100 mld from Barvi dam.