Photo by BL SONI
Photo by BL SONI

Mumbai: The hydraulic department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has warned the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) against damaging drinking water and sewerage pipelines. This warning was given after the BMC received complaints from residents of Cuffe Parade and Churchgate areas where the pipelines were damaged due to the drilling for Metro III. BMC has now said MMRC will be allowed to carry out excavation work only after studying the utility design plans in advance.

Dalamal Park building of Cuffe Parade is one such residential building that has suffered due to the ongoing Metro III work. Shyam Mahtani the chairperson of the building stated that one of their drinking water pipeline was damaged on Wednesday due to which (September 13) they have to now procure 15 water tankers to fulfil their water requirements. “After the MMRC was informed of the damage caused they said it will take two days for the repair work to be completed. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, we have asked the residents of our building not to use the tanker water for drinking purpose. We have issued an advisory asking them to boil the water before using it,” Mahtani said.

A senior officer of MMRC denied that they damaged the pipes purposely. “The design plans given by the BMC of the utilities are inaccurate. This makes it difficult for us to know which utility, they conduct drilling activity such mishap occurs. However, the damage caused is resolved immediately.”

Assistant municipal commissioner (AMC) of South Bombay (SoBo) Kiran Dighavkar rubbished the allegations made by the MMRC about inaccurate design plan and said, “MMRC is carrying out such a huge project, they must be having high efficient instruments with them. Hence, before digging they should be careful.”

“Like in Dalamal Park, the Lotus building of Churchgate complaint to the BMC is similar over damage to sewage water pipeline and contaminated drinking water tank. Hence, BMC warned MMRC,” said Dighavkar. Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) is constructing long 33.5 Kilometre (KM) metro corridor connecting Colaba- Bandra-SEEPZ.

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