The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared the onset of the south-west monsoon for Mumbai where besides extreme humidity the prospect of another water cut has been looming large due to delay in setting in of rains.
The monsoon, which generally arrives in Mumbai on June 10, is behind schedule by more than two weeks, which is the longest such delay in the last ten years. If the monsoon fails to keep its date with Mumbai today, the citizens might have to face another cut in water supply, a civic body official said.
'Monsoon onset declared over Mumbai today covering entire Maharashtra today by IMD,' Deputy Director General of Meteorology, India Meteorology Department (IMD), Mumbai, Mr. K. S. Hosalikar, said.
He also said the northern limit of the south-west monsoon is expected to cover not only Mumbai but also entire Maharashtra, besides some parts of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Asked about the causes behind the longest delay, a Met Department official attributed it to the late onset over Kerala and the cyclone 'Vayu'.
In 2009, monsoon had arrived on June 27, nearly ten days behind schedule. The second-longest delay since 2009 was in 2016, when monsoon arrived on June 20.
A Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official today said Mumbaikars might have to face water cut if the monsoon doesn't arrive today. 'The water levels in the reservoirs supplying water to Mumbai are fast depleting and almost 5 per cent water is left. Any further delay spell trouble for the city as administration may have to impose further water cut,' he said.
Mumbai's supply comes from seven reservoirs: Modak Sagar, Tansa lake, Vehar lake, Tulsi lake, Upper Vaitarna, Bhatsa and Middle Vaitarna. The BMC supplies every day to the residents around 3,750 million litres, which still falls short of the actual demand for 4200 million litres.