Good rain­fall but Morbe dam yet to fill up CATCH­MENT AREA DID NOT RE­CEIVE SUF­FI­CIENT AMOUNT OF RAIN­FALL

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

The res­i­dents of Navi Mum­bai may face se­vere wa­ter cri­sis by early next year if the catch­ment area of Morbe dam does not re­ceive good rain­fall by Septem­ber.

The wa­ter level of Morbe dam, the main source of wa­ter of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC), on Wed­nes­day was at 81.08 me­tre. The dam over­flows at 88 me­tre. Thus, the wa­ter level still needs to increase by al­most seven me­tres to en­sure un­in­ter­rupted sup­ply of wa­ter for the res­i­dents.

Last year, the wa­ter level reached only 79.01 me­tre by Septem­ber end due to poor rain­fall. As a re­sult, the res­i­dents faced an un­prece­dented wa­ter cri­sis till June this year. Sev­eral build­ings re­ceived wa­ter barely for one hour a day and they had to de­pend on pri­vate tanks.

To make things worse, the wa­ter mafia broke the pipe­lines at iso­lated places and started steal­ing wa­ter. Most of the stolen wa­ter was sold in the city at ex­or­bi­tant rates, said NMMC officials.

Jash­want Mistry, ex­ec­u­tive engi­neer of NMMC told Hin­dus­tan Times, “To en­sure un­in­ter­rupted wa­ter sup­ply by this year end and early next year, we will need good rains in the re­main­ing few weeks of this mon­soon. The Morbe dam still needs a good amount of wa­ter to en­sure un­in­ter­rupted sup­ply of wa­ter to the res­i­dents. If the rain­fall is not sat­is­fac­tory in Septem­ber, wa­ter man­age­ment will be a pri­or­ity of the civic body and wa­ter cuts may sub­se­quently be im­posed on the peo­ple.”

The dam’s catch­ment area of the re­ceived a to­tal of 2540.20 mm rain­fall be­tween June and Au­gust 23 this year. With 38mm rains, the area re­ceived an av­er­age rain­fall on Tues­day.

“The city is re­ceiv­ing a poor rain­fall in the past few days. On Tues­day it re­ceived 16.83mm of rain­fall while till Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, the city had re­ceived just 0.70 mm of rain­fall,” said an of­fi­cial from the dis­as­ter man­age­ment cell of NMMC.

“So far there has been no ma­jor ac­ci­dent or any other un­to­ward in­ci­dent caused by the rain­fall in the city. Water­log­ging in­ci­dents have been re­ported from dif­fer­ent places, but those were solved within a few hours. How­ever, 160 in­ci­dents of tree fall­ing have been re­ported till now. This num­ber also in­cludes break­ing away of tree branches. As soon as we re­ceive a call from any part of the city, our officials reach the spot and take the req­ui­site mea­sures,” he said.

Over all, the city re­ceived bet­ter rain­fall this year. Be­tween June and Au­gust 23 last year, Navi Mum­bai re­ceived 1277.23 mm rain­fall.

The amount of rain­fall re­ceived in the same pe­riod this year is 2077.71 mm.

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