Water level of Morbe dam 3 metres less than last year
The city’s rainfall this year is better compared to last year.
However, the water level of Morbe dam, the city’s main source of water, is still 3 metres lower than that of last year, as of Friday.
According to sources from Navi Mumbai disaster management cell, the city received a total of 1,078.48mm rains this year ever since the onset of monsoon. The amount of rains received last year during this time was just 721.75mm.
The level of Morbe dam on Friday was 70.22 metres. On July 15 last year, the water in the dam reached 73.61 metres. The dam overflows at 88 metres.
“The Morbe dam is located in Raigad district and not in the jurisdiction of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC). Therefore, the amount of rain received in Navi Mumbai hardly matters to increasing or decreasing of the water level of the dam,” said Anant Jadhav, assistant municipal commissioner of NMMC.
“The city faced an unprecedented water crisis this year because of the poor rainfall received last year. To avert similar situation, we need good rainfall in next one-and-a-half month.
We hope this time we will get sufficient water in Morbe dam to meet the demands of residents,” he said.
According to Jadhav, Navi Mumbai received an average rainfall on Thursday and Friday, which is not a positive phenomenon.
Last week, the city saw continuous rains which improved the water level.
The downpour also saw 28 fire mishaps, injuring four. The officials said that open electric boxes were responsible for a majority of the accidents.
“As many as 101 trees fell because of the heavy rainfalls this year. The latest incident took place at Kopar Khairane on Wednesday. Apart from this, 18 electrocutions, 14 waterlogging cases and three gas leakage cases has been reported to us till date,” the official said.
Jadhav said, “No major problem caused by rains has been reported to us so far. The public transports are also operating smoothly without any hindrance.”