City ra­tions wa­ter to tackle cri­sis

NMMC says sup­ply from Cidco, MIDC not suf­fi­cient and it will have to man­age till July 30

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab. bhuyan@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

With the wa­ter l e ve l at Morbe dam fast de­plet­ing, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( NMMC) has cut wa­ter sup­ply by al­most 30% this year. How­ever, the sit­u­a­tion may de­te­ri­o­rate fur­ther with the on­set of sum­mer.

The 88- me­tre dam has a stor­age ca­pac­ity of 190 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres ( mcm) of wa­ter. How­ever, the wa­ter level on Wed­nes­day was just 72.79 me­tres with a stor­age level of 68.327 mcm.

Sources from NMMC wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment told HT that the civic body used to sup­ply 421 MLD wa­ter in their ju­ris­dic­tion (from Airoli to Belapur) last year. How­ever, with in­suf­fi­cient wa­ter in their dam this year, they are sup­ply­ing just 300 mld now. They sup­ply wa­ter to over 1,16,727 con­sumers through a net­work of over 750km long dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tems with 113 ser­vice reser­voirs.

Jaswant Mistry, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer of Morbe dam, said, “We re­ceived a poor rain­fall last year and hence the dam now doesn’t have even 50% of its to­tal stor­age ca­pac­ity. We will have to man­age with this wa­ter till July 30. There­fore the wa­ter cut was a ne­ces­sity.”

“The dam used to over­flow ear­lier be­cause of good rain­fall and we could sup­ply suf­fi­cient wa­ter to res­i­dents. How­ever, the last year’s rain­fall was as bad as that of 2004 and thus we are fac­ing a cri­sis sit­u­a­tion,” he added.

Even as Mistry said that the wa­ter cut will not be be­yond 30%, an­other of­fi­cial said there is a pos­si­bil­ity of that. “With 68.327 mcm wa­ter, we will have t o man­age f or an­other six months ( till July 30). We also take wa­ter f rom Cidco and MIDC, but they are also not pro­vid­ing as much wa­ter as they used to do ear­lier. So there might be a fur­ther wa­ter cut in Navi Mum­bai dur­ing sum­mer.”

Cer­tain nodes of Na vi Mum­bai such as Airoli are get­ting wa­ter for only three days a week. Some oth­ers are get­ting wa­ter in the morn­ing, but not in the evening. NMMC has adopted dif­fer­ent poli­cies for sup­ply­ing wa­ter at dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

Arvind Shinde, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer of wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment, said, “Hous­ing so­ci­eties and other en­ter­prises are not get­ting as much wa­ter as they used to re­ceive ear­lier. But the sit­u­a­tion is still not so bad like in some other cities.”

“We re­quest peo­ple to use wa­ter ju­di­ciously till next mon­soon. Hous­ing so­ci­eties should now stop us­ing ex­cess wa­ter for gar­den­ing, wash­ing ve­hi­cles among oth­ers. By cre­at­ing aware­ness among the peo­ple, we can tackle this prob­lem in a much bet­ter way ,” he added.

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