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

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

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.

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