In good news for Mumbai, Modak Sagar, one of the seven reservoirs which supply water to the megapolis, started overflowing today morning. "Modak Sagar, which supplies 440 million litres of water to Mumbai every day, started overflowing at 6.32 am," said a statement by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM). The capacity of Modak Sagar is 1,28,925 million litres. An official from MCGM's hydraulic department attributed overflowing to the good rains in the last week of June in the catchment areas. "We are quite confident that remaining six reservoirs too would get filled upto their optimum capacity," the official said, as the monsoon is still in an early stage. Seven reservoirs supply water to the city. These are: Modak Sagar (built in 1957), Tansa (built in 1925), Vehar (built in 1860), Tulsi (built in 1879), Upper Vaitarna (built in 1973), Bhatsa (built in 1983) and Middle Vaitarna (built in 2012). Bhatsa is the largest among these, followed by Upper Vaitarna.
Both come under the state government while the others are maintained by the civic body. Modak Sagar is the fifth-largest one. The MCGM supplies 3,750 million litres of water every day to the island city and suburbs, which still falls short of the actual demand of 4,200 million litres. Two years ago, insufficient rains had forced the MCGM to impose water cuts in the city. The total water stock in seven reservoirs needs to be 14.47 lakh million litres by the end of monsoon so that it suffices for Mumbai's needs for the rest of the year.
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