After two days of low pressure and irregular supply, parts of south Mumbai will again face a 24-hour water cut on Thursday.
The reason: repairing the 120-year-old Tansa (West) pipeline at Grant Road triggered off a burst in the Tansa (East) water main on Wednesday.
This will affect water supply in areas such as Tardeo, Haji Ali, Tulsiwadi, Malabar Hill, Mumbai Central and Khetwadi.
On Sunday, the water department has started work on plugging the leakages in the Tansa (West) water main at Nana Chowk. The work was completed on Tuesday.
“To repair the pipeline, we had to divert the water supply to Tansa (East). The additional supply led to excessive pressure, which resulted in a burst,” said a source from the civic water department.
However, hydraulic engineer Ramesh Bambale said he wasn’t sure that the burst was due to the additional pressure. “It could be because the pipeline is too old,” he said.
Although the civic body started leak detection in the afternoon, it had failed to identify it till late on Wednesday evening.
“Tardeo, Tulsiwadi, Haji Ali, Slater Road, Sane Guruji Marg and Nana Chowk areas will not get water if the leakage is big,” said a civic official, adding that it would take more time if the damage is at the bottom of the pipeline.
Also, BYL Nair hospital, Kasturba Hospital, Mumbai Central railway station, Grant Road station and Mahalaxmi railway yard will not get water for the next 24 hours.
Supply at Girgaum, Thakurdwar, Babulnath, Dhobi Talao, Mumbai Central, Khetwadi and Lamington Road will also be affected.