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6-day Water Week: Leaders Keep Move Pending  
Source:   Express News Service City   : Mumbai Published On   04-01-2010  


More than a month after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) stressed a zone-wise, “no-water day” a week, its political wing is yet to clear the scheme.

The decision, which could not be taken in a meeting between the administration and leaders of various political parties on December 21, has been delayed again with a meeting this weekend skipping the issue.

“The water issue was not discussed at all. The only proposal on the agenda was about a ban on plastic carry bags in the city,” BJP corporator Ashish Shelar said. Mayor Shraddha Jadhav said the matter is likely to come up in the next meeting of group leaders.

With water scarce because of poor rainfall in 2009, the civic administration had proposed a rotational supply system: the city would be divided into seven water zones and supply would be cut off to one zone each day of the week. This restriction would have been in addition to the existing 15 per cent supply cut already imposed on the city.

However, political leaders, fearing a backlash from citizens, have repeatedly delayed their consent to the plan, through which the BMC is hoping to save 400 million litres of water per day.

The decision was earlier put on hold by the group leaders citing lack of awareness among Mumbaikars about such a drastic scheme. On December 24, the BMC had announced a proposal to impose the rotational system from mid-January on a pilot basis for two weeks in the eastern suburbs, and simultaneously create public awareness and get public consent before implementing it full-scale.

At present, the six lakes that supply water to the city have nearly 30 per cent less than the stock at this time last year. The BMC wanted to impose a 30 per cent water cut on all users so that the water stock would last till the next monsoon. However, group leaders insisted on 15 per cent for domestic users and 30 per cent for commercial establishments.

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