Modak Sagar overflows: 3 of Mumbai’s 7 water sources now full

Modak Sagar overflows: 3 of Mumbai's 7 water sources now full
Modak Sagar, which started overflowing at 5:20 pm on Friday, is the second biggest source of water for Mumbai (Picture Courtesy: Shubham Mittal)

The Modak Sagar lake, one of the seven reservoirs supplying water to Mumbai, started overflowing on Friday afternoon following heavy rains over earlier this week.

This comes a day after the Tansa lake, another key source of potable water for the metropolis, started overflowing.

Modak Sagar, located in adjoining Thane district on the Vaitarna River, is the third reservoir after the Tulsi and the Tansa to get filled to the brim.

According to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official, the lake started overflowing at 5:20 pm yesterday.

“Modak Sagar lake started overflowing from 5.20 pm on Friday. Last year, this lake had started overflowing from July 15,” a senior civic official said.

Modak Sagar is the second largest of the lakes supplying water to Mumbai.

The official said that heavy downpour for three consecutive days starting Wednesday has helped in significantly increasing the level in all the seven lakes supplying water to Mumbai.

The total water stock in all the seven reservoirs taken together stood at 57.86 percent of their storage capacity as on July 25. The total water storage capacity of Mumbai’s lakes is 14.47 lakh million litres.

The four remaining lakes – Upper Vaitarna, Middle Vaitarna, Bhatsa, and Vihar – are yet to overflow.

With the rising level, the BMC last week rolled back the 10 percent water cut imposed on residential and commercial units in force since November last year.

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