July 14, 2009 12:47:58 am
In a bid to plug the loss of 700 million litre of water per day (mld) through leakages,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will appoint agencies in each of the 16 wards for carrying out emergency repair of water lines.
Under its ambitious Sujal Mumbai project which envisages providing 24×7 water supply to Mumbaikars,the civic body has tabled a proposal with the standing committee to appoint agencies for the work at the total cost of Rs 250 crore. The committee will meet on Wednesday to discuss the proposal.
For a period of three years,these agencies will carry out repairs,restoration,rehabilitation of water pipelines in each ward,check contamination of water,plug leakages,lay new water mains,construct sluice valve chambers,repair and fix fire hydrants and execute work for strengthening of supply network.
Civic officials said that the agencies will do major water repair works at ward level as there is currently a shortage of staff and technical expertise. Many a times,we do not have manpower for minor works and repairs. The agencies will provide labour for urgent and emergency repairs, said an official from the Hydraulic Engineer Department.
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Although these agencies will not carry major work involving replacement of pipelines,the minor repairs will be handled by them.
While Mumbais water supply is 3,400 mld,the demand is 4,200 mld. Around 25 per cent of water is wasted due to leakages and pilferage through old and dilapidated pipelines.
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