Water level in Mumbai lakes improves drastically



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.

PTI