Civic body forms committee to distribute water equally

BMC will set up a committee to enable equitable distribution of water in the city.

The committee will survey the distribution system to identify areas where supply is not equal.

Additional municipal commissioner Rajeev Jalota told a standing committee meeting on Monday, "Through the committee headed by Mahadev Chitale, BMC will conduct a survey and try to meet the water demand of the population. There are a number of areas with high density of people receiving less water, while other areas with low population receive a good amount."

With the completion of Middle Vaitarna Dam earlier this year, the supply deficit of Mumbai will be reduced. The dam will flow an additional 455 MLD into the supply system.

At present, BMC supplies 3,228 million litres per day as against the demand for 4,200 MLD. Due to late arrival of monsoon, it had enforced a 10 per cent water cut.

In 2010, to ensure equitable distribution of water, particularly in areas far from pumping stations where the pressure is low, and to arrest loss in pipe bursts, BMC planned a multi-crore-rupee project to replace pipeline valves.

The new flow-control valves cost almost 10 times the ones in use, but the civic body hopes the measure will help tackle the problem. All valves at starting points of pipelines at reservoirs in the city will be replaced.

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