Mumbai: A pipeline that carries drinking water for parts of Mumbai burst on Friday morning near Bandra East, flooding the roads and drowning the slums at Indiranagar, where 100-odd families live. The flash flooding was so severe that two kids —8-month-old Vighnesh Doi-phode and 9-year-old Priyanka Doiphode — were washed away and died on their way to hospital.
Search and rescue officials from the fire department were rushed to the spot. Prabhat Rahangadale, Chief Fire Officer of BMC, said that the valves of the pipeline were immediately closed to prevent further damage. Pumps were also pressed into service to drain out the water from homes and roads.
The BMC will soon investigate the leak. But Aleem Khan, local corporator from the Shiv Sena, said, “The pipelines are over 30 years old and need urgent repairs. I will raise the issue in the civic body.”
Sources said that since Friday, the BMC has been carrying out repairs on some pipelines as a result of which valves along pipes were closed. This could have led to the building up of excessive pressure inside some lines resulting in the crack.
Bandra East Assistant Municipal Commissioner Alka Sasane said those affected by the mishap were mostly slum dwellers. “The Supreme Court has ruled that slums built on land near high-pressure water lines are illegal. BMC will soon demolition all illegal slums by October,” Sasane added.