After a delay of over seven months, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will initiate its ambitious Water Improvement Development Project (WIDP) for equitable distribution and effective management of water supply in the city by July 15.
Under the new project, the civic body plans to offer 10 services to the citizens of Mumbai, including quality assurance for water, leakage detection in pipes, GIS mapping for the existing water supply network, asset registration, customer survey and customer relationship management among others.
Under the WIDP project, the civic body will also conduct a detailed survey of water needs in slums for the first time. The BMC will study 10 slums on a pilot basis to assess their water consumption patterns.
The project, which is estimated to cost Rs 100 crore, will be implemented in the H-West ward (Bandra) and T-ward (Mulund) on a pilot basis, following which it will be initiated in 15 wards in the suburbs.
“We have to undertake a separate study to understand the water in the island city where the system, unlike in the suburbs, is more complex because of a high number of old buildings. Therefore, we will implement the project in the city at a later date,” said S R Argade, executive engineer (planning) from the hydraulic engineer department.
“This is a first of its kind initiative where we will be working with technical experts from other countries to improve water supply in the city. Once we are assured of the pilot project, followed by its implementation in the suburbs, we will initiate it all over the city,” Argade added.The civic body has given the contract to Vonia Water India Private Ltd and European based Suez Environment Pvt Ltd to start the pilot project. The civic administration had planned to begin work on the project by October 2013, but cited bureaucratic delays in the tender process.