Even as western Maharashtra and Marathwada regions faceits worst drought situation in 40 years, Mumbai residents need not worry. Officials from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Saturday said the city would not have to face water scarcity this summer, since all the six lakes that supply water to the city and its suburbs continue to maintain satisfactory water levels. In fact all the lakes — Tulsi, Modak Sagar, Tansa, Vihar, Upper Vaitarna and Bhatsa lakes — have enough stock to last till July 31.
BMC officials believe the situation this year is a little better than last year. Currently the combined water reserve of all six lakes is around 5.24 lakh million litre, .22 lakh million litres more than the last year. On March 15, 2012, the combined water reserve in the six lakes was 5.02 lakh million litre. “We had a review meeting recently and it is fairly certain that the available stock will last till the end of July even if there is little or no rain till July this year,” said Ramesh Bambale, deputy municipal commissioner.
He stated that repair work on the Middle Vaitarna dam has been completed and post monsoon this year, there will be more water available for the city. “The ambitious water project on the Middle Vaitarna dam had been delayed because of a bridge that will be submerged after the rains this year. Work on the new bridge is in progress and will be completed by May 2013. The Public Works Department has assured us on this,” added Bambale.