Civic body to in­crease wa­ter cuts

SE­VERE SHORT­AGE As only 30% of wa­ter is left in Morbe dam, NMMC will cut sup­ply in the evenings from next week

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: City res­i­dents will face more wa­ter cuts from next week. The wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has an­nounced more cut in wa­ter sup­ply dur­ing evenings.

Ear­lier, wa­ter was be­ing sup­plied thrice a week in the evening, which was brought down to twice a week.

How­ever, of­fi­cials said with only 30% of the wa­ter left in Morbe Dam, they have geared up to re­duce the sup­ply fur­ther.

“Morbe Dam is the ma­jor source for wa­ter in Na vi Mum­bai but even af­ter tight­en­ing the sup­ply and keep­ing alert on wa­ter wastage, the sit­u­a­tion seems to be dif­fi­cult to sus­tain now,” said Arvind Shinde, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, wa­ter sup­ply depart­ment of NMMC.

Only 30% of wa­ter is left in Morbe dam due to which the civic body has to stop the sup­ply in the evening hours.

Res­i­dents will get wa­ter sup­ply in the evenings only once a week. The civic body started with 25% wa­ter cut in mid- Novem­ber last year with

the fall in the level of wa­ter in Morbe Dam.

The 88m dam has a stor­age ca­pac­ity of 190 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters of wa­ter, which fell to around 104 MCM when the wa­ter cuts were an­nounced.

The to­tal rain­fall recorded in

the Morbe Dam catch­ment area was around 2191.20 MCM last year. Of­fi­cials said that ear­lier, they were es­ti­mat­ing the sup­ply to last un­til May end this year but the fall­ing level has raised some se­ri­ous con­cern.

Ar­eas such as V as hi,

San­pada, Nerul, and Juina­gar are al­ready reel­ing un­der a cri­sis with wa­ter sup­ply last­ing for few hours in the morn­ing and evening.

“This has been a ma­jor wa­ter cri­sis in Navi Mum­bai for the first time. Nowa­days we are get­ting wa­ter only for few hours in morn­ing and evening with which it is ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to man­age and with the new sched­ule it will only get worse,” said Suhasini R, res­i­dent of Apee­jay so­ci­ety, sec­tor 17, Vashi.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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