Indore: Squirrel Causes Pipeline Burst, Leaves City High And Dry

Indore: Squirrel Causes Pipeline Burst, Leaves City High And Dry

Water spurts 40 ft above ground

Staff ReporterUpdated: Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 12:43 AM IST
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Indore: Squirrel Causes Pipeline Burst, Leaves City High And Dry |

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): A squirrel is alleged to have caused an electric fault leading to the Narmada pipeline, supplying water to the city, bursting around 11.50 am in Khargone.

The aftermath of this rupture has been nothing short of catastrophic, resulting in extensive damage to crops and properties, underscoring the vulnerability of vital infrastructure to even the most unlikely of causes.

The burst pipeline unleashed a towering fountain of water, reaching a staggering height of 40 feet, wreaking havoc on standing crops, particularly banana and gram crops, and leaving farmers in utter dismay.

Farmers vent ire fearing damage of crops

The severity of the situation escalated as enraged farmers, grappling with monumental losses, obstructed officials and technical teams from the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department and Cheema Tech Company from accessing the site. This compelled the officials to retreat to the PHE office in Mandleshwar, where higher authorities were promptly informed of the unfolding crisis.

SDO DS Chauhan, among the first responders at the scene, indicated that the full extent of the damage and the specific pipeline affected could only be gauged once the water flow subsided. The rupture occurred between the Narmada Ghat intake well and the old filter station, impacting the pipelines of the first, second, and third phases.

Expressing his anguish over the repeated setbacks, farmer Akshay Singh Kushwaha demanded a compensation of Rs 50 lakh, citing the loss of his banana crop valued at the same amount. He also highlighted previous losses incurred due to a pipeline burst last year, for which no compensation has been forthcoming.

In response, authorities from the Revenue and Horticulture Department promptly descended on the affected fields to assess the damage.

However, access to the site has been denied to the PHE department team until compensation is formally announced. Investigations into the incident are ongoing, with leakage and other factors under scrutiny.

Assuring swift action, Anil Jain, SDM of Mandleshwar, disclosed that discussions were underway with officials from the Indore Municipal Corporation. He confirmed that the matter had been forwarded to the revenue department for further deliberation. Additionally, he assured that a survey was being conducted to ascertain the losses and that the compensation would be disbursed through the Indore Municipal Corporation.

Colonies connected to these tanks to go sans water

Overhead water tanks in these localities could not be filled.

The localities include Bijalpur, MaaVihar, Scheme No 59, Bilawali, Bhawarkuwa, Khatiwala Tank, Sneh Nagar, Gadi Adda, Paganishpaga, CP Shekhar Nagar, Urdu Maidan, MYH, PWD, Yashwant Club, Tukoganj, Cotton Adda, Kulkarni Ka Bhatta, and Ambedkar Nagar.

MIG, Triveni Udyan, Bajrang Nagar, Nanda Nagar Road No 13, Nanda Nagar New, Nanda Nagar Old, Barfani Dham, Janata Quarter, Sukhlia, Veena Nagar, Mahalaxmi Nagar, Scheme No 54, Scheme No 74, Scheme No 114 Part 2, Nanak Nagar, Scheme No 94, Musakhedi, Tooti Press, Shiv Nagar, Mahavir Nagar, Khajrana.

Pragati Nagar, Buddha Nagar, Reti Mandi, Surya Dev Nagar, Hawa Bangla, Vidur Nagar, Greater Vaishali, Scheme No 71, Chandan Nagar, Ambikapuri, Silicon City, Scheme No 140, Krishi Nagar, Radio Colony, Bhuri Tekri.

Mitrabandhu Nagar, Sarva Suvidha Nagar, Scheme No 134, Sai Kripa.

Tapeshwari Bagh, Summer Park, Scheme No 114 Part 1, Scheme No 78, Scheme No 78 Slice 1, Scheme No 78 Slice 2, Loha Mandi, Rajiv Awas Vihar, Scheme No 113 Scheme No 136, etc.

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