Lake overflows,no water cut on festival days

Even if it does not supply the bulk of Mumbai’s water,civic officials and citizens heaved a sigh of relief when Modaksagar lake started overflowing.

Written by Express News Service | Published:August 9, 2012 3:03 am

Even if it does not supply the bulk of Mumbai’s water,civic officials and citizens heaved a sigh of relief when Modaksagar lake started overflowing on Wednesday morning. Soon,the BMC announced that the 10 per cent water cut currently in place would be rolled back on specific days in the coming festive season.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said on festivals including Eid,Janmashtami and Ganesh Chaturthi,the cut would not be implemented.

The Modaksagar dam,located in Thane district,supplies 13 per cent of the city’s water.

Meanwhile,in the standing committee meeting on Wednesday,corporators asked the civic administration to carry out frequent follow-ups with the Public Works Department (PWD) whose bridge near the Middle Vaitarna dam has been causing an obstruction to filling water in the newly constructed dam. The 260-m-high vehicular bridge from Mumbai-Nashik highway to Jawhar is the reason why the BMC cannot store water beyond 258 m in the Middle Vaitarna dam. If the water level increases,the bridge would get flooded.

“We have urged the PWD repeatedly to reconstruct the bridge at a greater height so that the dam can be used to its full capacity. Right now,the excess water is being diverted to Modaksagar but some of it goes waste,” said Mhaiskar.

Congress corporator Pravin Chheda said because of the obstruction,the dam is not being utilised to its maximum capacity.

As on July 18,the six lakes together had water that could be supplied to the city for only 78 days. However,following slightly improved showers in the catchment areas after that,there is currently stock for 236 days. The Modaksagar lake started overflowing at 7.25 am on Wednesday after continuous spells of rainfall in the area over the past few days. The total availability in all six lakes as on Wednesday is 7,10,982 million litres compared to 8,88,723 million litres the same day last year and 9,41,992 million litres in 2010.

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