Repairs leave Thane waterlogged
Some parts of Thane woke up to a watery Wednesday as the municipal corporation released the air valves of the 1,800 mm Tansa (east) pipeline to carry out the repair work on the Tansa (west) main pipeline, that burst on Tuesday.
"The 8-km stretch of the Tansa (west) pipeline from Balkum and Mulund was shut to carry out the repair work. The air valves of the Tansa (east) pipeline were opened at two spots in Balkum, one at Vartaknagar and one at Wagle Estate. This helped alleviate the pressure on the Tansa (east) pipeline," BMC deputy engineer, on condition of anonymity.
The opening of the air valves resulted in waterlogging in regions in Balkum, Vartaknagar and Wagle Estate. While some rejoiced, others had to incur losses. Thane mayor Ashok Vaity said that though opening the valves was a must, the engineers should have ensured that the valves were not near slums. The engineers took three hours to close the valves.
"We were asked to close the valves immediately. But doing so would have damaged the pipeline. For the past 15 years, we have been asking the Thane civic body to clear the encroachments adjacent to the pipeline. But, nothing has been done so far."