Mumbai: A pipeline burst during excavation work of the Metro line near Badi Masjid in Bandra west on Thursday afternoon. The sudden leakage affected the water supply in the Mahalaxmi and Bandra station areas. An immediate repair work was undertaken by the BMC's Hydraulic engineering department and water supply was restored by evening, said the civic official.
Thousands of litres of water lost due to leakage
Thousands of litres of water were lost due to leakage on a pipeline near Badi Masjid around 3.30 pm on Thursday. The traffic was affected for some time since the water came on the road. A team from BMC's water department and H west ward immediately undertook the repair work. "The water supply was temporarily shut and after isolation the repair work of the pipeline was undertaken. Also, the water supply was restored, so the burst has not affected the area," said a civic official of H west ward. Meanwhile sources from MMRDA said, "The incident occurred while work was underway for Mumbai Metro 2B (D N Nsgar - Bandra - Mankhurd on S. V. Road, Bandra. After the incident, the civic officials were informed about the situation to take up the repair work."
Visuals that surfaced from the incident site show water gushing on the roads. The water flow was such that the road was submerged and passerby's faced difficulty while crossing the area. The four-wheelers and autorickshaws were able to pass by the road but the people on two-wheelers and pedestrians stood at one side of the road waiting for an alternative to getting drenched from the shower of water flowing from the burst pipes.
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Bandra, Khar and Santacruz areas affected
However, this is not the first incident of a pipeline burst in Bandra. A 600 mm diameter inlet of Pali Hill reservoir was damaged at Waterfield Road, Bandra (West) on April 24, during the excavation work of BMC's storm water drain department. The incident had then affected the water supply of the entire H-West ward, which includes parts of the Bandra, Khar and Santacruz areas.
Asif Zakaria, ex - corporator of Bandra area said, "The pipeline was damaged during the excavation work for the Metro line. The BMC should have coordination with other agencies and should provide them with an underground network of pipelines to avoid such incidents. The mapping of the pipeline was conducted in the Bandra area for the 24x7 water supply pilot project. What's the use of mapping when you can't avoid such incidents?"
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