Prime Minister Manmohan’s Singh’s visit on January 6 has forced the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to postpone its 3-day water cut in the city.
Repair work on the Bhandup-Maroshi water pipeline, scheduled for January 6 to 9, has been rescheduled to January 10 to 12.
The island city and parts of the western suburbs will not get water for an entire day, while parts of south central Mumbai will have a 50% water cut for three days. Goregaon and Malad will face a 10% water cut during these three days.
The BMC will be fixing a ‘butterfly valve’ on the 2,500 mm Bhandup-Maroshi main line, which will have to be isolated for 72 hours.
Mohan Adtani, additional municipal commissioner, said, “The job of fixing the valve on the water main has been rescheduled to January 10-12.”
Sources from the water department said this was done so that the PM would not be affected, as he would be staying in south Mumbai during his visit.
He will be visiting Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) on January 6. On January 7, he will inaugurate BARC’s second power reactor fuel reprocessing plant at the Tarapur Atomic Power Station, BARC spokesperson RK Sharma said.
Deputy municipal commissioner, Dineshchandra Gondalia, said, “The water cut will inconvenience people, but we request them to preserve water during these three days as the repair job is to facilitate better water supply.”
The job of fitting the butterfly valve is part of the construction work on a water tunnel from Marol Maroshi to Ruparel College in Matunga. This tunnel, 60 metres below ground level, will replace the old mains.
The Maroshi-Matunga tunnel is one of three the BMC is constructing across the city to augment water supply. The other two are the 3.6-km tunnel from Malabar Hill to Cross Maidan and the 6.1-km tunnel from Yerawali to Yari Road.