Barely 200 metres away from Govandi’s Sanjeevani society, under which a water pipeline burst on Monday and drowned one person, is Plus Point Merit High School, where 700 children come every day. The 40-year-old water pipeline also runs underneath the school compound.
School authorities and parents are now worried about the safety of the school children. “It will be impossible for our children to escape unhurt if there’s such a calamity. The civic body must do something,” said a parent, who did not wish to be identified.
Like residents of Sanjeevani building, authorities of the school, which was constructed in 2002, had complained to the local ward office about leakages in 2004. “We approached ward officials about leakages from the pipeline. They promised us that supply through the pipeline would be diverted,” said DK Kadam, trustee of the school, which has classes from kindergarten up to Class 10.
Until Monday, locals believed that water had been diverted to the alternative line that was laid in 2008. “We have temporarily stopped water supply through this line. After the inquiry and repair work are complete, we will decide on the course of action,” a civic official said.