Despite less water in the six lakes that cater to the city,the BMC will not impose any water cuts till mid-July. Additional Municipal Commissioner Rajiv Jalota said there is enough water to last till July 15 and the civic body hopes to receive another 250 million litres a day August onwards when the Middle Vaitarna dam will start functioning partially.
Even as the total quantity of water available in the six lakes at present is about 75,000 million litres less than on the same day last year,the BMC is confident it will not have to impose any cuts. Senior officials in the hydraulic engineering department said the current stock can last for another 90 days and even a moderate monsoon will ensure that the required quantity of water is available for the coming year.
The Middle Vaitarna dam,which was to be functional by March this year,has been facing delays due to problem in the dam construction. The project execution was not well thought through,which caused a delay of over four months and a cost escalation of Rs 200 crore. The original capacity of the dam is 455 million litres per day,but this year it will be able to supply only about 250 million litres.
Despite the difference in water levels,additional supply from Middle Vaitarna has allayed our fears of a water shortage. The water treatment plant in Bhandup has almost been constructed, said Jalota.
The BMC plans to distribute Middle Vaitarna water in areas with high population that currently faces shortage. These mostly include northern-most eastern and western suburbs.
While the water content in the six lakes on Monday was 3,56,880 million litres,the available content on the same day last year was 4,31,800 million litres. Around 3,350 million litres is supplied to the city per day as opposed to the actual demand of over 4,000 million litres per day.