Less than a month after a part of the Tansa pipeline burst in Thane, injuring two, an underground portion of the pipeline burst at Tilak Nagar early on Monday, cutting off water supply to Kurla through the day.
Parts of the city such as Dadar, Matunga and Sewri received water at a low pressure.
The 48-inch-wide portion burst around 5am and civic officials said the repair work was expected to be completed early on Tuesday.
Locals alleged that civic workers arrived at the spot after 11am, leading to wastage of lakhs of litres. The pipeline supplies water to parts of the island city such as Kurla Sion, Wadala, Kings Circle. Dadar, Matunga and Sewri.
The incident once again highlights the deteriorating condition of the civic body’s pipeline network, which is centuries old. Last month, the main Tansa pipeline had burst in Thane, injuring two and flooding surrounding residential areas. After the burst, the BMC had imposed a 25% water cut in island city and a 10% cut in the western suburbs.
Civic officials, however, said Monday’s incident was minor in comparison. “Because the pipeline is old, it developed major cracks. As a result, an entire valve opened and water started bursting out. Our team is at work. No injury or flooding has been reported to us,” said AS Tawadia, deputy hydraulic engineer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The civic body is in the process of replacing its old water pipelines, but has been unable to find a way to replace major ones such as Tansa without affecting water supply to the city.
“We recently floated tenders for replacing 1.5k-m of the Tansa pipeline on a trial basis. A new outlet has to be inserted in the existing pipeline, which is a challenging task but can help us avoid water cuts or shortage,” said Rajiv Jalota, additional municipal commissioner, who heads the hydraulic department.