AREAS SERVED by the Yeshwant Sagar reservoir were forced to go waterless on Monday after a truck rammed into and damaged the main trunk line opposite Vidyadham Mandir on Aerodrome Road late on Sunday.
After the accident the truck got bogged down at the site delaying attempts to plug the breach. The repair work eventually began at 5 am on Monday after a crane pulled out the truck.
Thousands of families in Kalani Nagar, Parihar Colony, Laxmipura as well as areas receiving direct supply between 11 am and 1 pm had to make do with low-to-no water as a result of the pipeline damage. The IMC waterworks department, however, claimed that supply normalcy would be restored by Tuesday.
“Tankers have been pressed into service to supply water to affected areas today. The feeder main is expected to be complete by late evening and we’ll be able to supply water normally from Tuesday,” declared Mayor-in-Council member in charge of waterworks MunnalaL Yadav.
According to reports, the truck that was reportedly travelling at high speed rammed into a feeder line that ferries water from the Yeshwant Sagar reservoir to the overhead tank (OHT) at Aerodrome Road late on Sunday evening.
When the driver tried to reverse the truck, he found that it had gotten bogged down in the slush created by the sudden release of water from the damaged pipeline.
“The accident damaged the pipeline to an extent that the Aerodrome OHT could not be filled even partially and this resulted in water supply being cut off,” said a waterworks assistant engineer.