Most of the Thane residents whose homes were flooded after the Tansa pipeline burst on Saturday spent the night out on the roads. They complained they could not clean their homes – which are full of sludge left behind – as there was no water supply in their homes.
While the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has provided alternative accommodation to the affected citizens at local schools and the Balsara Company compound, there was not enough space to accommodate them all, residents claimed. Moreover, people wanted to stay close to their homes, to protect belongings they had managed to salvage.
The century-old BMC pipeline, which carries water from Tansa lake to Mumbai, sprung a leak on Saturday at Wagle Estate in Thane. Water levels rose to more than six feet, inundating around 700 slum tenements that are located along the pipeline. On Sunday morning, residents were seen trying to clean the sledge the water had left behind in their homes. However, the lack of water supply prevented them from completing the uphill task.
Vikram Chavan, 30, a resident of Shiv Shakti Nagar Chawl, said, “We shifted the women, children and senior citizens to the alternate accommodation provided by the corporation. However, it was not enough for all of us. Most of us had to spend the night on the roads. We were also worried about our belongings, which were still in the homes.”
With water and power supply both having been cut, water is being supplied to the residents by tankers. Another resident Sunita Salunke, 35, said, “There is garbage and drainage water inside my home, but there is no water with which to clean it. We can’t even occupy our homes and use our utensils till the filth is cleaned. It will take us a few more days to clean our homes completely.”
Santosh Kadam, disaster management officer of the TMC, said, “The BMC has promised to finish the repair work on the pipeline by Sunday night. We are trying to ensure things go back to normal for residents as soon as possible. We have also disinfected the area by fumigating it and treated the drainage water with disinfectants. A medical team has also been stationed at the spot.”