Finally after 11 days, the authorities on Sunday fixed both pipelines of phases 3 and 4 that were damaged at the Kajauli waterworks. Water from the phase-3 line would be released on Monday, while the other would be functional on Tuesday, officials said.
Sham Lal, executive engineer, Chandigarh MC, confirmed, "Both pipelines have been fixed, but normal supply from both is expected only by Tuesday evening. Though the phase-3 pipeline was repaired on Saturday, we were waiting for the cement base to settle. We will release water from the phase-3 pipeline on Monday morning, which will reach homes by the evening." As for the phase-4 pipeline, which supplies water to SAS Nagar, Lal said water in that would be released on Tuesday.
It was during digging for the wider pipe on August 20 that an earth-moving machine hit the phase-4 pipe, also damaging the adjacent phase-3 pipe. Residents of southern sectors, especially Sectors 18 to 47 in Chandigarh, and particularly those above the ground floor, bore the brunt of low-pressure supply. In SAS Nagar, the situation was worse to being with, but the district administration pressed 100 tankers into service to give some relief.
Against its demand of 116 MGD, Chandigarh anyway gets 87, of which 67 is from Kajauli and the rest from tubewells. The shortage of 29 MGD went up to 60 due to the damage. In SAS Nagar, against a demand of 22 MGD, only 12 MGD is available. Of the 12 MGD, 10 is from Kajauli. Half that capacity was hit due to the damage, taking the shortage up to 15.