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October 31, 2009

Mumbai residents cry foul over water supply cut

     Mumbai: Residents in Mumbai will have to make do with much less water as Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced 15 percent water cut until next July. However, sub-urban and slum areas are the worst hit which already get controlled water supply. Residents living in Bandra and Santacruz area will share their every day sufferings with thousands others living in Borivli, Dahisar Malad-Malwani and other suburban areas. With the scanty supply of water, many residents of Bandra and Santacruz fear the worst, as it is they wait for hours for their turn to fill water from public taps. "Water problem will become acute. If they don't reduce supply water, where will we get it? We will have to do without it. Water comes for two hours and our turn comes in half an hour," said Shamim Sayed, a resident. Ever since the announcement was made by the BMC, residents have started storing water. "We came to know about the water cut three days ago, so we stored water the day before yesterday," said Saleem, another resident. The BMC announced its water-cut plan on Wednesday as city lakes and reservoirs have limited freshwater. To be able to supply water untill the next monsoon sets in, the BMC has imposed rationing of water for domestic purpose. The cut will be even more for commercial purposes. Hotels, malls and other commercial establishments will see 30 percent cut in water supply. This year's late and insufficient monsoon rain has led to this stringent measure.
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