They had just 24 hours to complete the mammoth work.
“There was no chance for a retake,” said PM Guhe, executive engineer of the operation and maintenance department of the civic body’s water supply division.
As many as 150 workers and 25 officers of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) were involved in the repair of water pipelines on Wednesday that saw 100 per cent water cut in Mumbai. Work started around 9.30 am.
“It was like fighting in a battlefield. Though everything was well planned, we had no idea what problems could crop up during the actual repair work,” said a civic official, who was supervising workers at Panjrapur, near the existing filtration plant of the BMC, where the repair work was being conducted.
The sleepy village of Panjrapur on the Mumbai-Nashik highway, 70 km north-east of Mumbai, saw an unusual rush on Wednesday due to the repair work.
Repairing of valves in a normal water pipeline is not too tedious but for a pipeline having diameter of 3,000 mm, it was a challenge because the labourers had to enter the pipes and valves, the official said.
The other challenge was in the practical application of the plan since the pipes were full of water from the Yewai MBR, the water reservoir at Panjrapur. Before commencing the work, all the pipes had to be entirely drained out.