The unusual heat wave in the month of April and the ever increasing water shortage add to the woes of 10 states and drought situation is prevailing in most of part of the country. It is a definitely a manifestation of climate change which paves way for water shortage. The monsoon rains will touch Maharashtra in general and Mumbai in particular in the second week of June, and any further delay will put the people in for lot of discomfiture during the hot summer months. This will matter much for the metro city like Mumbai as we already face water cuts as the deficit of monsoon rains last season cause lots of concern for the high rise buildings in the state. People in metro should save water and every drop is precious under the present position. The housing societies should plan for bore well to extract ground water as a second source of water supply. Again, rain water harvesting should be compulsory in housing societies and the erring society should be penalized with higher per cent age of property tax in the ensuing year. It is time we realize saving of water for future as the tall buildings in and around Mumbai and suburbs need precious water to back up its daily needs. The water situation in Navi Mumbai, Thane and Kalyan face acute water shortage and 20 per cent water cut is already existing in Mumbai already. Marathwada and Vidharbha are already facing acute water shortage.
Jayanthy S. Maniam
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