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WATER STUDY PREDICTS HUGE RISE IN DEMAND

The demand for water in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) is increasing at an alarming pace. By 2011, the region will need another 1,100 million litres a day (mld) and by the end of the next decade, it will need nearly 3,000 mld more, according to a new study. The report has not just rattled the state administration, but has compelled a few civic bodies and water authorities to look for new dams and plan to revive dead ones. The recent study conducted by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) with the help of consultancy firm Lee Associates, shows that non-BMC pockets on the mainland will require an additional 511 mld by 2011, while BMC areas will require 500 mld more. State administrators are finding the task of making more water available a challenging one. The existing water supply scenario in the non-BMC MMR is already grim, with state authorities resorting to 15 to 20% water cuts almost twice a year. A dispute over the distribution of the Krishna river’s water took its toll on the drinking water supply to MMR, resulting in a 20% cut to five municipal corporations and around nine municipal councils.

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