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BMC to plug leaks to curb contamination

india Updated: Apr 21, 2011 01:41 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar
Sujit Mahamulkar
Hindustan Times
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The municipal corporation has decided to launch a special drive from April 25 to May 15 to curb leakages and water contamination before monsoon sets in.

On April 18, the Hindustan Times had reported about the high number of water contamination complaints received and the reason behind the contamination.

During this drive, all ward offices will have to first prepare a list of the leakages in their areas and attend to them on priority. At the end of the drive, they will have to submit a compliance report to the civic water department.

“We will issue circulars regarding the drive to all 24 ward offices,” said Rajiv Jalota additional municipal commissioner. The city loses more than 700 million litres of water daily (mld) — the amount is the daily water supply to smaller cities such as Nagpur — through leaking pipelines.

Leakages also lead to water seeping in the pipelines causing contamination.

A day after the Hindustan Times report, a meeting was held at the Chembur ward office to discuss the issue, which was attended by Jalota, senior civic officials from the hydraulic engineer department and civic standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale.

“Usually the number of contamination cases increases during monsoon, however, we will undertake the drive as a precaution,” said a senior official from the hydraulic engineer department.

During the drive, the assistant civic engineer from the ward concerned and labourers on contract will make rounds in each ward and repair leaks on the spot.