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Mumbai heads for more water cuts

Dec 28, 2006 08:20 AM IST India India

Mumbai: Mumbaikars can heave a sigh of relief. The 24-hour water supply cut is now behind them and normal water supply has resumed. But that's not where it ends. There will be more cuts till mid-January 2007.

Queuing up to store water may well become a thing of the past. The 24-hour water supply cut implemented by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is over.

This was done to add new pipelines to the existing system to bring in 150 million litres a day to supplement the existing supply of 3,100 million liters per day.

All that remains to be done now is connecting the new lines to the existing system which will require a 20 per cent cut in water supply on these days in January 2007.

But the BMC says it will take a few weeks time to get the full benefit of this whole exercise.

BMC Commissioner Johnny Joseph said, “The system will stabilize and by mid-January and full impact of the additional 150 mld water can be felt in the system.”

So the Mumbaikars will have to wait and hope that this alleviates at least one of the city's water problems, the other one being the floods of course.