Metro work damages water pipeline, MMRDA to pay BMC Rs3.41 lakh fine
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has been asked to pay Rs3.41 lakh for rupturing part of the water pipeline in Kandivli (West) on Friday.mumbai Updated: Dec 12, 2017 18:51 IST
The civic body has yet again fined the Metro authority for damaging another utility line during construction work.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has been asked to pay Rs3.41 lakh for rupturing part of the water pipeline in Kandivli (West) on Friday.
The ongoing Metro construction work in Kandivli will connect Dahisar to DN Nagar (Metro line 2A). The 18.6-km long Metro corridor 2A is part of the larger 41.2-km line between Dahisar East- Bandra- Mandale.
The 4-ft wide water pipeline near Mahavir Nagar, Link road, burst, affecting the supply to Manori, Madh, Malvani, Poisar, Malad (W), Gorai and some areas in Borivli (West). Water supply was restored on Saturday after fixing the line, said civic officials.
“Around 5 millilitres of water was wasted as the supply was off then. We will get the maintenance charges from the MMRDA,” said an official of the water works department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
The BMC has charged the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) over Rs12 lakh in the past two months for damaging utility lines. Fines were imposed after water pipelines ruptured four times on DN Road, thrice on J Tata road and once in Fort in October, said officials.
Joint project director Dilip Kawathkar, MMRDA, said the authority is using the latest technology to locate utility lines. “The water line was not visible and hence got damaged during piling (drilling) work for metro pillars. Utility lines are located before finalising the Metro arrangement. But, once in a while, this happens because utility maps are not always accurate,” said an official in charge of the Metro project.