Wa­ter level of Morbe dam 3 me­tres less than last year

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

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