MMRDA work punctures pipeline,supply to Kurla hit

Most parts of Kurla did not get any water supply on Saturday after a major underground water pipeline was damaged during Metro rail work being carried out by MMRDA.

Written by Express News Service | Published:June 17, 2012 2:28 am

Most parts of Kurla did not get any water supply on Saturday after a major underground water pipeline was damaged during Metro rail work being carried out by MMRDA. Repairs were being carried on Saturday evening and water supply to the area will be staggered on Sunday.

The pipeline was damaged on Friday evening during drilling at the site of the proposed Metro station at Saki Naka (at the junction of Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road and 90 Feet Road).

A hydraulic engineering department official of the BMC said the 1,200-mm diameter was damaged as MMRDA workers did not check for underground utilities before carrying out the drilling.

The pipeline was five feet below ground surface.

Repair work was undertaken through Friday night and Saturday and were completed only by 7 pm Saturday. Entire Kurla (west) and parts of Kurla (east) were affected.

“Supply will remain staggered with low pressure through Saturday night and Sunday,” said a site engineer.

He admitted that considerable amount of water was wasted in the first two hours after the damage,before valves on both ends were closed. According to official statistics available with the hydraulic engineering department,the MMRDA has damaged BMC’s underground utilities on 94 occasions since April 2006,and the fines levied by BMC for these have crossed Rs 1.5 crore.

In 2009,the civic body even gave a detailed map showing the network of underground utilities to MMRDA officials asking them make use of it at construction sites.

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