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'Friction, not MMRDA, caused pipe-burst'

Parts of eastern Mumbai suffered from water shortage on Friday thanks to a 10% water cut and Wednesday's pipe-burst near Wadala.

mumbai Updated: Sep 17, 2011 01:26 IST
HT Correspondent

Parts of eastern Mumbai suffered from water shortage on Friday thanks to a 10% water cut and Wednesday's pipe-burst near Wadala.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), meanwhile, made a dramatic u-turn, putting the pipe-burst near Raoli reservoir down to 'friction' caused by constant water flow. The BMC's statement, released on Friday, absolved the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) of any blame. This, after the civic body claimed on Thursday that the pipe was punctured during monorail work being undertaken by the MMRDA.

Although repair work on the pipeline was completed by 8am on Friday, residents of areas like Antop Hill, Sion, King's Circle and parts of Matunga had to endure a 10 per cent water imposed by the BMC. The water cut is in place for three days and will end on Monday morning. The civic body is connecting water lines coming from three lakes at four spots outside the city to ensure smooth supply in the future.

Sangeet More, a resident of Kokri Agar in Antop Hill, was one of the several harried residents. More's household has hardly had any water for the past three days, thanks to the pipe-burst. "There was no water yesterday and we had to borrow water from our friends staying nearby," she complained.