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Burst pipelines add to city's water woes

delhi Updated: Jun 12, 2012 00:01 IST
HT Correspondent

A large stretch of Mathura Road in front of Pragati Maidan was flooded on Monday during peak morning hour traffic after a pipeline burst.

Thousands of gallons of treated water literally went down the drain as the DJB and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) blamed each other for the waste.

But then, this is not an isolated case.

Across the city, there have been regular instances of pipeline bursts. The pipes are old, rusted and corroded at several places while the pipelines suffer breach due to artificial reasons.

The DJB CEO had last month admitted that there was 35-40% of physical loss of treated water. The physical loss, if contained, can definitely take care of the demand-supply gap.

On Saturday, a massive breach in the main water transmission pipeline rendered most parts of south Delhi, the entire NDMC area and the Delhi Cantonment area thirsty for next two days.

But the DJB says it's helpless when it comes to making amends as it is bogged down by a huge volume of work.

The DJB maintains a 90,000-km pipeline network, which is growing by the day.

"Of this, we replace about 250-300 kms of pipeline each year according to a pre-decided cycle," said a senior DJB official.

But then, till the time all pipelines are replaced in a time-bound manner, there is no hope for containing physical losses.