52% of city getting 24x7 water supply 7,754 illegal water connections cut
Morbe dam water level rises, giving residents hopes of cuts being lifted
With good rainfall in the Morbe dam catchment area in the past few days, the water cut imposed in the city since December could soon be rolled back.
The 24x7 water supply service in the city could resume soon.
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) officials claim that almost 52% of the city is already receiving 24x7 water supply.
The water cut introduced in the city last December had reached almost 35%.
Municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe had ordered strict monitoring of supply and ensuring that there was little wastage. He has instructed that water be supplied as per 135 Litres Per Capita Per Day (LPCD) which is the norm.
Now with Morbe receiving good rainfall, the situation has further improved.
Additional municipal commissioner Ankush Chavan said, “Morbe dam water level is now 68 metres. The overflow level of the dam is 88m, for which, over 3500mm rainfall is required. We are hoping that there will be more rainfall in the area and the dam will overflow next month.”
At present, 24x7 water is being supplied to several areas of Belapur, Nerul, Vashi and Kopar Khairane. Soon, it will be extended to other areas as well, said NMMC officials.
While there is a general opinion over the dam’s water level being better than last year, fact it is less than what it was at last year. The reason for the high expectation is this year the rainfall has been better than last year and the forecast too is good.
On Wednesday, the Morbe dam level was 67.90m with the gross storage being 42.597 mcm. The total rainfall this year in Morbe catchment area has been 825.60 mm. The dam has a total storage capacity of 190 mcm.
Last year, on the same day, the level at the dam was 74.2m and the storage 76.39 mcm. However, the rainfall received in the area was mere 678.80mm.
An NMMC official said, “Last year, the water level of the dam was higher due to the water that was stored from the rainfall in the previous year. Since last year’s rainfall was poor, the level in the dam went down.”
He added, “The current year’s minimum level was 63.46 m and minimum storage 25.23 mcm recorded on June 24. However, the rainfall has been much higher this year and the dam level is increasing every day.”
You can spread awareness on saving water by taking part in a marathon on July 17 (Sunday).
As the city reels under water cuts because of poor monsoon last year, a city-based NGO Altruistic Foundation is organising a marathon to appeal residents to deal with scarcity and adopt water harvesting.
The 5-km run will start from Sheetaldhara complex at sector 7 in Kamothe. The marathon will be held for 5 kms and divided into four categories — the Young Gun’s (12-18) years, Lethal Runners (Above 18 years), Second Innings Runners (Above 60) years and Divyaang which is for the physically challenged.
“This year, since there was severe water scarcity, we decided to organise the marathon to bring people together for the cause,” said 30-year-old Ganesh Shinde, resident of Kamothe and a member of the foundation.
Shinde said the members have been visiting housing societies to sensitise residents about the need to save water and adopt simple techniques on how to use water judiciously.
In a bid to ensure that the city gets an adequate supply of water, the water supply department of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) cut around 7,754 illegal water connections.
Officials had been monitoring these connections through a twomonth-long audit conducted to curb the water shortage.
According to the department’s records, around 8,060 illegal water connections have been identified. Ghansoli topped the list, with around 2,030 illegal water connections. Around 1,781 connections have been disconnected in Digha and 1,694 in Airoli. 967 have been disconnected in Turbhe, 674 in Nerul, 239 in Vashi, and 212 in Koparkhairane.
The remaining connections will be disconnected soon. Under the new civic commissioner’s initiative to supply water 24x7 to all the nodes under the municipal corporation jurisdiction last month, the drive to check illegal water connections was tightened.
“The move will ensure that there be no water scarcity under the NMMC’s jurisdiction. The benchmark of 135 Litres Per Capita Per Day (LPCD) can be easily achieved. Those who waste water will be surveyed and if caught repeatedly, their supply will be restricted,” said Arvind Shinde, executive engineer from the water supply department of NMMC.