Mumbaikars will not face a water cut on the first and last days of the 10-day Ganeshotsav. On Wednesday, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta issued orders to the hydraulic engineering department to place “no restrictions” on water supply on September 17 and 27, officials confirmed. Owing to a bad monsoon, the city is currently facing a 20 per cent water cut.
A senior official from the municipal commissioner’s office said, “The commissioner has issued orders that there would be no restriction on water supply on the first and last days of the festival. He has directed the hydraulic engineer to take the necessary steps.” BMC is currently supplying 3,200 million litres every day. It will be restored to the normal supply of 3,750 million litres per day on September 17 and 27.
The orders were issued after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) leaders demanded that the water cut be revoked for the two days. A press note issued from BJP MLA Ashish Shelar’s office stated that Shelar and BJP MLA Ram Kadam met Chief Minister (CM) Devendra Fadnavis with the request.“During the festival, people get a lot of visitors in their homes and they will need more water. We, therefore, requested the CM who immediately directed the municipal commissioner,” said Shelar.
The 10-day festival begins on September 17.
The city is experiencing one of its worst water crises in recent years. Authorities have hinted at increasing the quantum of the water cuts if the situation prevails.
Currently, the total water in all the seven lakes, supplying water to the city, is 9.9 lakh million litres, which is substantially lower than 14 lakh million litres recorded the same time last year. On Wednesday, officials said that the current lake levels would last for 211 days only.