Mumbai to get 24 hours water supply soon

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Mumbai, Oct 24 (UNI) The Standing Committee of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) today cleared a proposal here, whereby the citizens will soon receive water 24x7.

Making a presentation on the current water supply system across the metropolis, Additional Municipal Commissioner Manu Kumar Srivastav said almost 25 per cent of the water supplied to the city was stolen through illegal connections and leakages at different places.

Mr Srivastav revealed that the BMC would now provide individual water meters instead of one meter per society or chawl.

''If a separate water meter is installed, there will be careful usage of water, as the customer will have to pay for it according to usage,'' he said.

He further said the 24-hour water supply will also result in saving of water, as people will no longer resort to storage of water, which they generally gush out the next day.

The citizens can avail the water meters from the BMC or on their own, he said.

The metropolis will be getting more than 550 million litres per day (mld) water from the ongoing projects, like Middle Vaitarna and other projects, in the next few years, he informed.

To overcome the problem of maintenance of water pipelines, Mr Srivastav said the corporation has appointed 6 contractors in all the six zones to look after the job.

The committee has made a provision of Rs 120 crore annually for the maintenance contract, he informed.

The administration should be empowered to carry out any leakages or repair works as it would not have to seek the nod of the Standing Committee to get a clearance for the same, he added.

Interestingly, the proposal did not face any opposition from any quarters.

Commenting on the proposal, Niyaz Ahmed Vaanu, group leader of the NCP, said ''It seems to be a good proposal, but we should wait for the results.'' BMC Opposition leader Raj Hans Singh said ''This will benefit the citizens of Mumbai.'' UNI

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