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BAD NEWS FOR MUMBAI CITIZENS – WATER CUT EXTENDED TILL AUGUST 15

water-cut-2In some bad news for Mumbaikars, the civic body has announced the extension of 15 per cent water cut across the city till August 15 due to scanty rainfall. India got its independence on August 15 and looks like for Mumbai, the same is going to give them independence from water cut. The MCGM has announced the extension of 15 per cent water cut across the city till August 15 due to scanty rainfall. Earlier, the civic body had kept the target of July 15 but due to poor rainfall, they have announced a month’s extension. MCGM Commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya has said that the water level in the six lakes is not sufficient in comparison to the city’s consumption. In a review meeting it has been decided to extend the water cut till August 15. He informed that presently there is 2,42,930 million litres water in all the six lakes while the total capacity is 13,50,000MLD. The corporation had in June last year imposed a 15 per cent water cut for residents and a 30 per cent water cut for commercial users. However, the capacity of the six lakes has reduced in five years despite good rains, says a report of the Maharashtra Engineering Research Institute. MERI has submitted a report to MCGM that says the lakes hold less water than five years ago because of silt accumulation. From 866,804 million litres in July 2005, the useful water content of the lakes is down to 242,930 million litres in 2010. But except for 2009, rainfall was good enough to fill the lakes. MCGM standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale said the civic body cannot take the risk of desilting the lakes this year, though the measure “is necessary” With cameraperson Deepak Kamble, Hansraj Kanojia for NMTV News.

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