Even as the city faces an additional 15 per cent water cut owing to two pipeline bursts on Thursday,another major pipeline burst in Santacruz on Friday. The 54-inch underground pipeline was punctured near LIC colony in Santacruz (west) during repair works on a stormwater drain.
The BMC said it would fine the contractor carrying out the repairs. Municipal commissioner Swadheen Kshatriya said,Fridays pipeline burst occurred due to human negligence. The city cannot afford this at a time when water crisis is acute. We will make sure such incidents do not happen again. For replacing old pipelines,we have already sanctioned Rs 380 crore in the 2010-11 budget.
Meanwhile,hydraulic engineering department officials said not much water was lost as the pipeline was repaired immediately.
Fortunately the puncture did not occur during the supply hours, said an official. However water supply to parts of Bandra,Khar and Santacruz will be affected today,said the official.
According to BMC officials,repair works on the burst pipelines in Tansa (east),Mulund,and Tansa (west),Thane,will be completed by Saturday morning.
The ruptured Mulund tunnel,which was isolated on Thursday,had caused increased pressure in the Tansa (east) pipeline and caused it to burst near ESIS Hospital in Mulund.
Officials said a CCTV camera would be inserted to assess the damage.
As many as 25 pipeline bursts were reported in the city between January and March. Pipebursts in Mulund and Kapurbawdi led to a loss of 3.5 mld water. About 854 cases of ruptures and pipeline bursts were reported last year.