Water levels rise in Mumbai after heavy rain

The BMC had recently opened the gates of Middle Vaitarna lake after it neared its full capacity.

| Mumbai | Published: September 21, 2015 12:56:49 am

With heavy rains in Mumbai for the past two days, the amount of water in the seven lakes increased by at least 81,000 million litres, bringing the total quantum of water to 10.75 lakh million litres. The total quantum of water last year during the same period was 14.32 lakh million liters.

The catchment areas until six pm Sunday received a steady downpour. Vaitarna received 39.40 mm of rain, Tansa (37.20 mm), Vehar (58 mm), Tulsi (32 mm) and Middle Vaitarna (31.70 mm).

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At 3.20 pm Sunday, the Modak Sagar reservoir had started overflowing. According to disaster management officials, the water was diverted to Tansa lake, which is expected to overflow soon.

The BMC had recently opened the gates of Middle Vaitarna lake after it neared its full capacity.

Modak Sagar presently holds 1.27 lakh million litres, Tansa (1.24 lakh million), Vehar (12,118 million), Tulsi (7,837 million), Upper Vaitarna (1.23 lakh million), Bhatsda (4.89 lakh million) and Middle Vaitarna (1.90 lakh million) litres of water. On an average, Mumbai now has at least 221 days of water left.
Mumbai is reeling under 20 per cent water cuts for domestic users and 50 per cent for bulk consumers. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had earlier directed BMC commissioner Ajoy Mehta to withdraw the water cuts on two days of the Ganpati festival — September 17 and 27. Meanwhile, the pandals also have been informed by the civic body to display water conservation messages through banners and posters.

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