Tanker owners’ pockets full as your taps run dry
MUMBAI: As Mumbaiites cope with a severe water shortage caused by a poor monsoon, another side to this story is emerging.
Around 700 water tankers crisscross the city every day to supply water to residential buildings, corporate parks, hotels, construction sites, hospitals and even the railways, and as demand for water rises, business is looking up.
Sources estimate the demand for water in the city has gone up by at least 25%. Tanker owners —who make more than Rs200 crore a year— will now see their profits rise.
Mumbai needs 4,300 million litres of water daily (MLD). The civic body can supply only 3,750 MLD, owing to limited stock in its lakes. Most of the remaining 550 MLD is supplied by water tankers. “With the BMC’s water cut in place, the demand for tankers has gone up. Apart from our regular consumers, new residential buildings have started sending requests. To meet demand, we increase the number of trips. The demand will only go up, as summer advances,”said Anil Gupta, owner of Kavita Water Supply.
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