The Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation’s (MIDC) 48-inch pipeline, which supplies water to the Navi Mumbai industrial belt of Kalwa, Mumbra and parts of the Thane burst on Friday morning.
This incident took place near Nilje village at the Riverwood Complex on the Kalyan-Shilphata road. Although water supply has been affected in these areas, the officials have assured the residents that the supply will be regulated by Saturday.
Govind Joshi, a resident of Riverwood Complex said, “ At around 12.45am, we heard a blast, and saw the water-pipeline had burst. Small shanties, which were situated in our compound, were washed out. Three people who run a small food stall in the area were injured.”
The injured people were identified as Nilesh Kamble (25), his mother Suvarna Kamble (45) and customer Padhiya Tawale (43) The injured were admitted to the Chhtrapati Shivaji Hospital in Kalwa where they are currently recuperating. Shanker Patil, a resident, said, “The force of the water was so high, that our complex was flooded within five minutes and was increasing rapidly.
The ground-floor residents had no time to take any of their belongings and had to rush out.” “The MIDC is responsible for this. This is the fourth instance in the last six months of a pipeline bursting in this area.
The explanation given to us this time by the MIDC is that because it was a Friday, the industrial belt was closed and water consumption was less, which created the pressure on the pipeline and it burst,” Patil said. Residents said the explanation was the same as the one given the last time the pipe burst.
Another excuse being that the pipe is 25-year-old. MIDC officials could not be reached for comment.