The city has been plagued by major pipeline bursts in the last one week. But one minor pipe leak on Wednesday sent the entire municipal body into a tizzy.
The reason, it took place outside Mantralaya, the seat of power. At 1.30 pm, when a fixture between a 24-inch distribution line outside the administrative building in Nariman Point was found disjointed, almost the entire top brass of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, including Additional Municipal Commissioner Anil Diggikar, rushed to the spot.
“Water is supplied till 1.35 pm and the pipeline disjointed five minutes before that. So the valves were shut and not much water was lost,” said Diggikar.
This line supplies water to Colaba, Navy Nagar and the Mantralaya. Diggikar said repairs are on and the pipe will be fixed by Thursday.
“There have been several major bursts near Bhiwandi and other areas close to the city but only the hydraulic engineer or, if the situation is out of hand, the deputy municipal commissioner is asked to go to the spot. The additional municipal commissioner went on the spot because it was near the Mantralaya,” said a civic officer from the water department.
It is the seventh incident in the last six days — the latest being the crack in a pipeline at Vakola on Tuesday.
The frequent pipeline breaks are a major cause of concern for the civic body and there has been pressure from the Mantralaya to bring the situation under control.
In a related development, Nitesh Rane’s NGO Swabhimaan Sanghatana protested about a pipe leak near Gautam Nagar at Jagruti Maidan in Powai on Wednesday.
The NGO claimed that the leak has not been attended to for the last one year, leading to water wastage.