Mumbai : The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is in the process of chalking out a plan to repair leakages in drinking water pipelines in the city in order to save water. This has come after the civic body recently resorted to 20 per cent water cuts in the city due to a dry monsoon so far. Senior officials announced earlier this week that repairing pipelines and preventing theft of water are part of its long term measures to save water.

However, a senior civic official informed that repairing leakages is an ongoing process that BMC’s hydraulic department takes up based on necessity. BMC had taken up a massive repair works project last year also. Leakages take place on exposed pipelines, during road repair works, digging work undertaken to set up cables and other construction work. Some pipelines are very old and prone to damage. All damaged pipelines are repaired off every year.

Last year, between April 2014 and March 2015, the civic body repaired 41,426 leakages out of 41,471 that were detected. In Mumbai city, it detected 13,310 leakages of which 13,298 were repaired. In the eastern suburbs it detected 12,764 leakages of which 12,759 were repaired. However, the highest number of leakages was detected in the western suburbs- 15,397 of which it repaired 15,369 leakages.

Moreover, the highest number of leakages (3,912) was detected in the L ward in the eastern suburbs, which corresponds to parts of Bandra (E), Andheri (E), Santacruz (E) and Ville Parle (E). Of these, the BMC fixed 3,908 leakages. This is followed by 3,298 leakages in K (E) ward in the western suburbs, which corresponds to some other parts of Andheri (E), also Jogeshwari (E), Ville Parle (E), Airport area. Of these 3295 were fixed.

The fewest number of leakages were detected in A ward of South Mumbai (197) of which all were fixed.

Also all detected leakages were fixed in other wards corresponding to South Mumbai, Dadar, Govandi and Chembur, Bhandup, Powai, Vikhroli and Ghatkopar.

Eeshanpriya M S

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