Here’s some good news for Mumbaikars. If the catchment areas of lakes continue to receive good rainfall, the civic body will increase water supply to the city from October. The move comes after the completion of a bridge near the Middle Vaitarna Dam.
Officials from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s hydraulics department said that while they had completed the work on the dam in May 2012, they were unable to store the water to its full capacity due to the delay by the public works department in the construction of a 50m high bridge.
The task of building the new bridge on Mokhada-Khodala Road near the dam was given to the PWD by BMC in 2007.
“The new bridge was required as the existing bridge, which connects nearby villages, dated back to the British era and would have been submerged if the dam is filled,” said a senior civic official.
Last week, the superintendent engineer of the public works department wrote to the municipal commissioner, informing him that bridge was ready. “From August 27, water can be stored in the dam to its full capacity,” says the letter.
Hydraulics department officials said this came as a big relief to the civic body. “The catchment areas of the lakes are receiving good rainfall and we expect that it will continue into the next month also,” said a senior official from the department.
Ramesh Bamble, hydraulics engineer, said, “Though only one month of monsoon is left, we will be able to increase the city’s water supply from October in proportion with the water stock that is stored in one month.” He added a final decision would be taken in a review meeting on October 1.