The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ( BMC) has decided to come up with a comprehensive policy to deal with Mumbai’s water woes and bridge the gap between supply and demand.
The city presently requires 4,200 million litres per day (MLD) but receives only 3,430 MLD. There are concerns about leakages in the distribution network which is estimated to be as large as Pune’s daily requirement of nearly 700 MLD. The BMC has said it will frame a policy to address these issues apart from bringing in discipline in the way water is used.
“A core group will be floated to come up with a report. We have instructed the civic administration to take guidance from experts like Dr Madhav Chitale and prepare a policy in six months,” said standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale.
Samajwadi Party group leader Rais Sheikh insisted that such a study must be undertaken by the BMC to find out ways to curb the wastage of water. “Every time there is a crisis, we debate on what are the options available to tackle the issue. Instead of waiting for a crisis, a policy is being sought to deal with our estimated water requirements in terms of available sources,” said Sheikh.
Apart from conservation, the civic body aims to improve litres per capita per day (LPCD) figures which is 90 litres a person at present and should be 135 litres for an individual per day. “We supply more LPCD compared to other cities. We will try and improve the figure,” said additional municipal commissioner Rajiv Jalota.