The rain gods are half-smiling at you, and so, the BMC is too. The corporation has decided to cut back the daily water cuts from 20 per cent to 10 per cent starting today, what with the plentiful rains the city has seen of late.
After Tulsi Lake overflowed on Monday around noon, the Modak Sagar also started overflowing early morning yesterday, around 4.30 am
After almost a month of good downpour, the second lake providing water to the city started overflowing. After Tulsi Lake overflowed on Monday around noon, the Modak Sagar also started overflowing early morning yesterday, around 4.30 am.
Even so, the current available stock of water would last the city for 186 days. The heavens are yet to pour another 180 days’ worth of daily water over the city. Whereas, last year, the stock available at all the lakes providing water to the city on the same date, that is July 30, was 11,51,988 million litres, which was sufficient for 300-odd days. Last year, Modak Sagar started overflowing on July 17.
The combined capacity of all the lakes is about 14 lakh million litres, and currently the stock is 47.4 per cent of its full capacity, since the other five lakes are yet short of their overflow marks. Only continuous rainfall would help the city out of a water crisis, officials said.
Meanwhile, the commercial water cuts will continue for now. Five-star hotels and malls face 50 per cent water cuts, whereas swimming pools and gardens get no water supply. Additional Municipal Commissioner Rajeev Jalota said, “This is good news for the city, but we are still short of the required water supply. There was a good amount of rainfall at various other lakes.”