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Water level in Mumbai lakes improves drastically

Last Updated: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 23:59

Mumbai: The six lakes supplying water to
the metropolis are 90 per cent full thanks to bountiful rains
this monsoon.

According to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC),
the lakes - Bhatsa, Modak Sagar, Tulsi, Upper Vaitarna, Tansa
and Vihar - have 12.84 lakh million litres of water as against
9.17 lakh million litres during the same period last year.

The financial capital needs 13.25 lakh million litres
of water to sail through the entire year.

"All the six lakes are full by 90 per cent and
withdrawal of monsoon is still nearly a month away. We are in
a satisfactory position," Additional Municipal Commissioner
Anil Diggikar said today.

Four lakes - Tulsi, Modak Sagar, Tansa and Vihar have
started overflowing. "Bhatsa and Upper Vaitarna are short by
80 milli metre and 16 milli metre from their overflow mark
respectively," Diggikar said.

"It is continuously raining in the catchment areas and
we are hopeful all the lakes will be filled soon," he said.

In view of festivals, BMC had on August 28 rolled back
water cuts, enforced in June 2009, for a month. The water
situation will be reviewed on October 1.


First Published: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 23:59
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