Civic officials panic as all six reservoirs supplying water to the city are fast depleting; situation worse than ever they say as a 50 per cent water cut looms over Mumbai. If you thought last year was the thirstiest summer ever, brace yourself for worse. A failed monsoon and the merciless early summer have put MCGM face to face with the tough challenge of meeting Mumbai’s water needs. All the six reservoirs which provide the teeming metropolis water are depleting fast. While Vihar has already crossed its minimum drawable level, the biggest reservoir, Upper Vaitarna is also expected to do so in a week. Civic officials now say they will start drawing water allocated by the state government from other lakes. This will be diverted into Vihar and Upper Vaitarna to ensure Mumbai doesn’t go thirsty. There are six lakes – Modak Sagar, Tansa, Vihar, Tulsi, Upper Vaitarna and Bhatsa – which supply drinking water to the city. Bureau report – NMTV News.
December 21, 2005
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