Though the trial runs on the 6.1-km-long Verawali-Yari Road tunnel will continue for a few more days, it was officially commissioned by the civic body on Friday.
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray commissioned the tunnel, a move that aims at improving water supply in the Western suburbs.
To gauge tunnel’s efficacy, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been conducting trial runs over the past few days.
The Hindustan Times had on Friday reported how the civic body was going ahead with its inauguration despite problems in its trial runs. The tunnel is one of the big-ticket projects for the ruling Sena, which it is eager to showcase ahead of the upcoming civic elections. The tunnel was built at a cost of Rs250 crore to minimise leakages and thefts, which over-ground water pipelines are prone to.
Standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale said that the tunnel’s impact will be seen in a few days. “Currently, we are planning to have a zone-wise distribution of the water from the tunnel, since that would ensure that water reaches these areas at a higher pressure and thus, more efficiently.”
Another civic official, from the hydraulic engineer’s department said, “The first few trial runs of the tunnel helped us determine the exact level of water in the tunnel required for maintaining optimum pressure.
After the trial runs, there is more clarity on this aspect, which will further help in bringing immediate relief to those living in these areas.”
Once operational, the tunnel will help improve water supply in Millat Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, areas around Lokhandwala Complex, Veera Desai Road, JP Road, parts of Four Bungalows, Yari Road and Behrambaug.