In a bid to tackle the city’s growing water shortage problem, the MCGM has asked all malls, multiplexes, cinema theatres and other bulk consumers to look for alternative sources of water supply. The deadline to install water-recycling systems, dig bore-wells and set up rainwater recycling plants to reduce dependence on the MCGM water, is the end of February, when the summer season officially sets in. If the bulk consumers like all malls, multiplexes, cinema theatres who use more than 1 lakh litre of water per annum and are currently facing a 30% water cut fail to comply with the order, the MCGM will completely restrict the supply of non-potable water to these establishments. MCGM has instead decided to supply only drinking water to these huge structures. The civic body has also stated that those buildings that have come post 2005 should set up their own water recycling plants or MCGM might not even give them Occupation certificate. The move is part of a contingency plan prepared for the summer months, when demand is expected to soar. The decision was taken in an emergency meeting called in MCGM HQ recently to discuss the city’s water woes. The civic water department suggested various measures, including the extreme step of alternate day water supply. The request was struck down by political parties, who said that they would never allow citizens to go through this. They would rather have commercial users bear the brunt. A crisis management team was also formed-with officials and three elected representatives as members-to review the situation every seven days. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Hansraj Kanaujia for NMTY News.
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