‘Morbe dam can supply wa­ter for 2 months’

NMMC AS­SUR­ANCE As the city reels un­der wa­ter cri­sis, the civic body tells res­i­dents that the sit­u­a­tion is un­der con­trol

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MORBE: The NMMC-owned Morbe dam with its cur­rent stor­age lev­els can supply wa­ter to the city till Au­gust 10. The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion is keep­ing its fin­gers crossed that good rain­fall will mit­i­gate wa­ter cri­sis in the city.

“The dam’s cur­rent wa­ter level is at 64.7m. It has enough wa­ter to supply for the next 60 days. The max­i­mum height of the dam at which the wa­ter over­flows is 88m. At 55m, wa­ter from the dam can be used,” said Jay­want Mistry, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, NMMC.

He was part of a team led by op­po­si­tion leader Vi­jay Chougule and stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Shivram Patil to take stock of wa­ter lev­els of the dam. The del­e­ga­tion also in­cluded NMMC cor­po­ra­tors.

Mistry gave a de­tailed tech­ni­cal ex­pla­na­tion of the sta­tus to op­po­si­tion mem­bers.

“If there is good rain­fall in the catch­ment area of the dam this year, the wa­ter prob­lem will be re­solved,” Mistry added.

“Due to be­low av­er­age rain­fall last year, the city has been fac­ing wa­ter cri­sis this year. We wanted to check if steps are be­ing taken to tackle the sit­u­a­tion and the staff is do­ing its job,” said Chougule adding that he was sat­is­fied with the in­spec­tion and ex­pected that this year res­i­dents may heave a sigh of re­lief with abovenor­mal show­ers forecast.

Ask­ing res­i­dents to not fear over wa­ter woes, Patil sounded up­beat and said the sit­u­a­tion was un­der con­trol. He added, “Un­like oth­ers we do not want to speak of 24-hour wa­ter supply to the city even when not re­quired. We will en­sure that res­i­dents get ad­e­quate wa­ter supply for their needs.”

Present along with Chougule and Patil were Shiv Sena spokesper­son Dwarkanath Bhoir, cor­po­ra­tors MK Mad­hvi, Deepak Pawar, Bharti Koli and Congress corporator Mira Patil, who re­cently helped Shivram Patil win stand­ing com­mit­tee elec­tion.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

NMMC work­ers prune trees at Vashi as part of the pre-mon­soon drive.

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