In a bid to fulfill city’s water requirements, the MCGM will soon start three new water projects. To fill the gap in demand and supply, the state government and the MCGM will soon take up work on three water projects, namely, Gargai, Pinjal and Damanganga.
Currently Bhatsa provides 1365 MLD of water; Modak Sagar gives 450 MLD whereas Tansa provides 456 MLD. Interestingly, close to 50 per cent of city’s water is received from Bhatsa.
Gargai would be handed over to MCGM directly whereas Pinjal and Damanganga would be controlled by the state government. Damanganga would be a joint project of Maharashtra and Gujarat state governments.
The new reservoirs will provide 2891 MLD of water to Mumbai, out of which Gargai will provide 440 MLD, Pinjal will give 865 MLD and Damanganga will give 1586 MLD.
The civic body’s proposed dams at Gargai and Pinjal in Palghar’s Wada and Jawhar talukas, respectively, is waiting for environmental clearances. Similarly, the two reservoirs – Damanganga-Pinjal (river-linking project) – will be constructed in Nashik’s Bhugad district and Palghar’s Behadpada, which is also in the Jawhar taluka.
The Gargai and Pinjal dams are expected to supply 440 and 865 million litres of water per day, respectively.
“The MCGM is also planning to lay extra water tunnels and filters to filter the excess water which is otherwise wasted as the dams cannot hold such a lot of water,” said Ramesh Bamble, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (special engineering).