The weather forecast for this year’s monsoon rains came almost on the dot as we expect surplus rains are on the cards with one more month of rains left out. It is a good sign as the Indian economy had a direct impact on the poor rains in the last couple of years. With 97% of the annual received, the city will touch 110% rainfall this monsoon season. The start was good and the rains sustained for most part of the monsoon. The possibility of heavy rainfall is the forecast at the time of its withdrawal process and that is most encouraging. A six per cent rainfall excess was the original forecast, but now it is expected to surpass that expectations as well. Konkan and coastal part of Goa and Maharashtra will definitely get the benefit and that may touch a new high. Due to excessive rainfall, BMC should be able to cater to the needs of the Mumbai city and slowly steadily we should be able to implement rain water harvesting to cover up shortfall if any in coming years. Again, the misuse of water, leakage and theft of water should be monitored regularly to make sure that a shortage will never occur at least for the next year. Monsoon rains touched its deadline and it is up to the corporation to manage things in the best way.
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