According to the civic water department, the city’s population has grown by a whopping two million since 2001. It was 11.97 million then. By 2008, it touched 13.24 million and by 2011, will rise to 13.79 million. According to the water department, the past three decades saw maximum growth in the western suburbs. The growth has been especially rapid between Goregaon and Dahisar. In the P Ward-Goregaon, Malad (E) and Dindoshi-the population has grown three times, whereas in the R Ward-Malad (W), Kandivli and Dahisar-it has grown six times. This growth has been further fuelled by the transfer of development rights (TDR), both for acquiring land for public amenities such as roads and open spaces, as well as for slum redevelopment. Strangely, while the population in the western suburbs is 59 lakh, it receives just 1,320 million litres daily (mld). This is in sharp contrast to the island city, which at a population of mere 33 lakh receives 1,140 mld. Bureau report NMTV News.
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