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INCREASED FSI HAS NOT CAUSED WATER SHORTAGE: SAYS MCGM CHIEF DR. JAIRAJ PATHAK

bmcContradicting the white paper on water shortage in the city prepared by his own hydraulic department, Mumbai municipal commissioner Dr. Jairaj Phatak said there was no connection between the increased floor space index (FSI) and the shortage. He was replying to media queries raised in the weekly press conference. MCGM Leader Sunil Prabhu and MCGM Commissioner Dr. Jairaj Pathak seem to be of different views on the issue of water shortage. Sunil Prabhu has stated that due to increase in FSI, the population has grown and so there is water shortage in the city. However, MCGM Commissioner has stated that there is no relation between an increase in FSI and the water shortage. The issue was raised at today’s standing committee meeting of the MCGM, as the civic body’s hydraulic department had said in its white paper that the city will have to wait till 2021 to meet its water requirement. Whatever said and done, water situation does look very grim for the city. The hydraulic department’s white paper admitted that the civic body had not been able to meet the demand for water since the 1950s. It further said that by 2011, the demand was likely to go up to 4,400 million litres a day (mld), but the civic body would only be in a position to supply 4,175 mld. The gap, however, is likely to be reduced by 2015 and bridged in 2021. With cameraperson Raju Sharma, Hansraj Kanaujia for NMTV News.

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