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Chembur pipeline burst hits water supply

Civic body officials estimate that it is because the pipeline is more than 150 years old.

| Mumbai | Published: September 23, 2014 1:03:02 am

The residents of L ward (includes Kurla) are likely to face water cuts till Tuesday after the 48-inch Tansa pipeline in Tilak Nagar, Chembur burst on Monday at about 5.15 am. While areas such as Sion, Matunga and Parel faced water shortage for a few hours in the morning on Monday, the supply was restored the same day, BMC officials said.

“The pipeline that burst is the main line supplying water to areas in the L ward. We are trying to complete the repair work but the water supply can be restored only on Tuesday,” said Ashok Kumar Tawadia, deputy hydraulic engineer (planning and control), BMC.

While the civic body is yet to determine the cause of the burst, officials estimate that it is because the pipeline is more than 150 years old.

The civic body on Monday had also started sending SMSes to residents of the areas in Kurla of the water-cuts. “We are informing the residents so they are prepared till Tuesday,” Tawadia added.

This is the second instance of water pipeline burst reported in the past two months. The civic body had implemented water cuts after its 72-inch pipeline burst at Vartak Nagar, Thane in August. A 25 per cent water cut was imposed in the island city (covering areas from Colaba, Sion and Mahim) and the western suburbs (Bandra to Dahisar). The civic body had also imposed a 10 per cent water cut in the eastern suburbs (Mulund to Kurla and Mankhurd) for a few days.

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