Mumbaikars will have to bear with the 15 per cent water cut for some more time,says Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Although one of the six lakes supplying water to the city has started overflowing and others are nearing the mark,the BMC has said it will not withdraw the cut completely,at least for now.
Civic officials who met to review the water situation on Monday said the cut will stay for while. There has once again been minimal rainfall in the catchment areas and such rainfall pattern will continue, said Hydraullic Engineer S Korlekar. Lakes are nearing the overflow mark but it will still take some time before they touch the mark. Currently,60 per cent of lakes are full. But we will continue with the cut to be on the safer side, he said.
Modak Sagar lake has reached its capacity of 163.15 metre while Tansa and Tulsi lakes are short of capacity by four and three metre respectively. The largest lake,Bhatsa,is still short of the overflow mark by 17 metre.
The total available water as of today is 6,83,241 million litres which is more than last years (on the same day) 4,84,065 million litres. However,officials said the water is 60 per cent of the total annual storage of around 13 lakh million litres that is required.
The civic administration had earlier imposed a 30 per cent water cut following poor rainfall in the catchment areas of Modak Sagar,Tansa,Upper Vaitarna and Bhatsa lakes located in Thane and Shahapur district. Last week,it was reduced and the water cut is 15 per cent now.
The officials said that the cloud seeding plan to induce artificial rainfall that was put on hold after rains hit Mumbai will be carried out if there is no rainfall in August and September.
We want the lakes to be filled by natural rainfall,but if there are days without showers,then we may try cloud seeding, Korlekar said.
According to the officials,the lakes have to reach their required level by the last day of September so that the water storage can be used comfortably for the rest of the year. Usually the heavy rainfall continues till September.
Rain-related diseases claim 4 more lives
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporations epidemiology cell has reported four more deaths due to monsoon related illnesses. Leptospirosis,a common monsoon disease,has claimed two lives in the city a 37-year-old man from Powai,who was admitted to KEM Hospital,died hours after he was admited on Sunday. The second victim,a 14-year-old boy from Tardeo,died a day after he was admitted to Nair Hospital,.
A 26-year-old man from Zaveri Bazar died of fever at Nair Hospital. He was treated for five days before he succumbed to fever on Monday. Another person – a 30-year-old woman from Jogeshwari succumbed to Malaria hours after being admitted to Sion Hospital.
More patients are being admitted to the civic,state and private hospitals due to monsoon related illnesses. There were 204 fever cases,87 gastroenteritis cases,three suspected leptospirosis cases and 49 suspected malaria cases so far.