Mumbai: With monsoon playing truant and a need to reserve water for drinking purposes, MIDC has been compelled to cut the water supply to industries by 15% from Thursday," said MIDC executive engineer Rajendra Navale.
The decision was taken at a meeting held at the collector's office on Wednesday, he said. "MIDC pumps 55-60 mld water from Jayakwadi every day, of which 60% (36 mld) is supplied to industries and 40% (25mld) to residential sectors. Now, after curtailing 15%, the MIDC would be supplying around 30mld," said Navale.
MIDC supplies water to three industrial belts - Waluj, Chikalthana and Shendra, and some parts of residential areas in Waluj, including Bajajnagar, Ranjangaon, Patoda, and Jogeshwari, including 12 gram panchayats. Around 25 mld of water is supplied to residential areas.
"The Jayakwadi reservoir has only about 2% live stock water. Hence, there is a need to reserve water for drinking, till the region receives satisfactory rainfall. Last year, MIDC had to cut water supply to industries owing to drought and the situation was worse. In March itself, the reservoir had reached the dead stock," said Navale.
Udyog Kranti, an industrial association, submitted a memorandum to the MIDC regional officer on Monday to sever water supply to brewery industries.
"With water crisis looming large in the city due to delayed monsoons, MIDC should stop supply of water to brewery industries and reserve water for the drinking purpose," said Udyog Kranti president Suresh Fulare.
He said many parts of Waluj were reeling under a severe water crisis. "Many residents are receiving water after a gap of 8 to 10 days. Considering the severity and delay in the monsoon, MIDC should reserve water for drinking purpose and stop the supply to brewery industries," said Fulare.