Mumbai: The water-parched metropolis had
something to cheer as the catchment areas of the lakes
received rainfall on Monday.
Light showers lashed parts of the financial capital,
where people are facing water cuts since last year on
account of severe shortage.
Lakes supplying water to the city got some rains.
Among them Tansa received 13.7 mm rainfall, Bhatsa 12.80 mm,
Upper Vaitarna 8.40 mm, Vihar 8 mm, Tulsi 7.7 mm and Modak
Sagar 1.80 mm.
According to the Met Department, between 8.30 am and
5.30 pm, Colaba (city) and Santacruz (suburban) weather
centres recorded 2 mm and 4.5 mm rainfall respectively.
"It may take some time for water levels to be filed up
in the lakes because the land in the catchment areas is
totally dry. Also, water levels are extremely low so lakes
will take more days to get filled up," a civic official said.
At present, the lakes have available stock of 91,775
million litres per day (mld) against 2,34,203 mld last year.
"If the intensity and regularity of rainfall were
exceptionally good, then lake levels will rise steadily," the
At present, residential and commercial users are
facing 15 and 30 per cent water cuts respectively. A
population of over 1.25 crore receives 3,450 mld of water
against the demand of 4,500 mld.