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