BHOPAL: The roof of an overhead tank collapsed, triggering panic among the residents in Bharat Nagar in ward no- 62 in the city on Thursday. However, no one was injured in the incident.Water supply is likely to be remain disrupted for at least 15 days till Bhopal Municipal Corporation ( BMC) connects the water supply lines with Tank constructed under JNNURM project.Till then BMC has assured to provide water through tankers.
The BMC administration does not seem to have learnt any lesson from an earlier incident whence seven persons were killed and 35 others were injured in an Overhead tank collapse in Sai Baba Nagar slum area on November 19, 2012. Immediately thereafter, the BMC administration had expedited the process of dismantling the dilapidated overhead tanks. However, with the passage of time the mission has been given a go by.
Corporator Girish Sharma said, ” The roof of an overhead tank collapsed in Bharat Nagar. The remaining tank has now tilted. It is located in a densely- populated area. It shows the laxity on the part of BMC administration.
When BMC razes dilapidated houses, then why it cannot demolish the dilapidated overhead tanks? BMC demands money but why should residents pay for it”. BMC additional commissioner Sanjay Kumar said, ” Bharat Nagar is a private colony. So the residents have to take initiative for dismantling the tank. If they approach us, we will help without charging single penny. Whether residents take initiatives or BMC takes it, in both the cases, private contractor is hired.
The contractor dismantles tank and sells the iron rods and debris so residents don’t have to pay anything and even contractors will pay them.” ” We had cautioned the area residents not to go near the tank. BMC will start wall writing from Friday. As far as water supply is concerned, it will take at least 15 days to restore as we have to connect the supply to JNNURM overhead tank. Till then, we will try to ensure supply through tankers or siphoning from other sources.” Water supply to remain disrupted for 15 days in Bharat Nagar An overhead tank the rfoof of which collapsed in Bharat Nagar- ward no- 62 in the city on Thursday.