Morbe wa­ter level set to cross last year’s mark DAM OVER­FLOW LEVEL 88.00M

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­ Traf­fic slowed down on Sion-Pan­vel High­way on Fri­day.

There is good news from Morbe dam catch­ment area for Navi Mum­bai res­i­dents.

The re­gion has wit­nessed rain­fall that is over 50% of what it had re­ceived last year in the same pe­riod. The dam is all set to pass the max­i­mum wa­ter level it had recorded in the en­tire mon­soon sea­son last year, soon. If the rains con­tinue in sim­i­lar fash­ion, the dam could very well over­flow, rid­ding the city of any prob­a­bil­ity of wa­ter cut next year, the kind it had faced this year.

Morbe catch­ment area has re­ceived a to­tal of 2090.80 mm rain­fall this year till Fri­day, as com­pared to just 1,354.40 mm rain­fall it had re­ceived till the same date last year.

Due to poor rain­fall last year, the dam had this year touched its low­est level at 63.46 m on June 24. How­ever, un­like last year there has been con­tin­u­ous rain­fall in the re­gion which has re­sulted in the dam level ris­ing by around 15m in a month and a half and 10m in a month to 77.92 m on Au­gust 5. Last month at the same time the wa­ter level was 67.90 m. Last year the wa­ter level at the same time was 78.09 m.

In 2015, due to scant rain­fall in the en­tire sea­son, the dam level had risen from its min­i­mum level of 71.87 m by just around 8 m to 79.51 m, which was its max­i­mum level dur­ing mon­soon. The min­i­mum level in 2015 had been higher be­cause of bet­ter rain­fall in 2014.

The dam has a to­tal stor­age ca­pac­ity of 190 mcm of which the dam at present has 103.610 mcm. Last year at the same time it had 104.863 mcm.

Ad­di­tional mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Ankush Cha­van said, “The cur­rent wa­ter level is very close to the max­i­mum level of last year and is ex­pected to cross it soon. Good rain­fall in the rest of the Au­gust month and in Septem­ber should en­sure ad­e­quate stock in the dam. We are sat­is­fied with the sta­tus and the rain­fall at the dam.”

He added, “The dam has an over­flow level of 88 m which is around 10 m away. We are hop­ing that con­tin­u­ous rain­fall will get us to the mark.”

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