A delay in monsoon this year might affect the city drastically. According to data revealed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), water levels in the seven lakes which supply water to the city is lower in comparison to levels recorded last year at the same time. While the total water stock in all the lakes was recorded at 3.7 lakh million litres, the total recorded this year, as of May 6, stands at 3.3 lakh million litres, a difference of 36,000 million litres.
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According to civic officials, the total stock will last the city for another 88 days or till mid-August. BMC supplies more than 3,000 million litres of water everyday to the city. Ramesh Bambale, hydraulic engineer said, “We have not considered any water cuts as yet. We will take a call later in the monsoon. As of date, the city has enough water.”
The major difference has been recorded at Bhatsa and Modak Sagar. While the total water stock in Bhatsa last year was 1.8 lakh million litres, it has reduced to 1.2 lakh million litres this year. Similarly, while Modak Sagar recorded a total stock of more than 6,000 million litres last year, it has reduced to 4,000 million litres as recorded this year.
The issue came up for a discussion in the standing committee meeting on Wednesday where corporators claimed of water shortage in several parts of the city. Congress corporator Pravin Chheda said, “Though the BMC claims of having enough water, most of it is unaccounted. The administration does not even have a system in place to detect leakages. For the last two days, there has been an acute shortage of water in Ghatkopar but the administration is not able to solve the problems.” Corporators complained of water shortage in areas like Mankhurd, Govandi, Kurla and Andheri also.