Residents of the Worli area from Haji Ali to Prabhadevi have a reason to cheer. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to redevelop a twenty-five-year-old reservoir keeping in mind the rising demand for water in the area. The planning for the redevelopment of this reservoir started in October. It is expected to be completed within two years. Once completed the renovated reservoir will be able to supply 22 million litres per day (mld) of water.
Deputy municipal commissioner,water supply projects,Pramod Charankar said,The redevelopment work on this reservoir was kept in cold storage for a very long time. There were complaints of leakages due to which the reservoir was only partially utilised. We will demolish the existing structure and redevelop the reservoir. Though the water supply in Worli is fairly comfortable and we have not received any major complaints. The demand may grow and this is one way to the take stock of the situation. The reservoir is situated near the Ayurvedic Podar College.
The civic body will spend around 16-18 crore on this reservoir. After surveying the various dams and reservoirs in the city,we decided that this reservoir needs serious care. There are two reservoirs in Worli. Keeping in mind the booming construction business in the area and the subsequent influx of people,we decided to go for the redevelopment of this reservoir, said Charankar. We received the environmental clearance for this project some months ago. We will soon invite tenders and the work will start. Once completed,the reservoir will bring some respite to the water woes of the city,as water from the reservoir will be supplied across the city. Water before supplying to the city is stored in reservoirs and with this reservoir we will have one more storage body, said Charankar.
The civic body also intends to beautify the area surrounding the reservoir. We will also make sure that the area surrounding the reservoir is in a pristine condition. We will plant more trees and develop a small garden within the vicinity. This will also make the area a green belt, added Charankar.
Mumbai receives water from various lakes situated outside the city. Prior to supply,the water is treated at Pise Panjrapur in Thane district and at the Bhandup water treatment plan. It is then carried to the 28 reservoirs.