Res­i­dents strug­gle as Thane loses water to pipe­line bursts

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

THANE: While the am­bi­tious road widen­ing project of the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (TMC) will help de­con­gest the city, it may prove to be a ma­jor hazard to pipe­lines in the city.

Pic­ture this: In April, six in­ci­dents of pipe­line bursts have been re­ported across the city, lead­ing to wastage of hun­dreds of litres of water. The water depart­ment has blamed the bursts on on­go­ing road widen­ing works and the shut­down of over 48-60 hours.

The city, al­though hit with one of its worst water cri­sis, has been un­able to stop the water wastage.

The cor­po­ra­tion has un­der­taken ma­jor road widen­ing projects across the city. The de­mo­li­tion and widen­ing has also led to dam­age of water pipe­lines. In­ci­dents of pipe bursts were re­ported from Nitin Com­pany Junc­tion, Var­tak Na­gar, Pokha­ran Road No. 1, Panch­pakhadi, Ka­pur­bawdi junc­tion and Cad­bury junc­tion. These bursts were ma­jorly ow­ing to the road re­pair and widen­ing works.

An of­fi­cer from water depart­ment said, “Most of these pipes have burst dur­ing the road re­pair and widen­ing works across the city, ex­cept the Nitin Junc­tion pipe­line. It is dif­fi­cult to judge where the pipe­lines ex­actly are while dig­ging, lead­ing to these ac­ci­dents. The Nitin Junc­tion line, on the other hand, is a 15-yearold pipe­line, which burst ow­ing to fluc­tu­a­tion in water pres­sure dur­ing the shut­down pe­riod.”

He said the cor­po­ra­tion has now de­cided to give an es­ti­mate of how many pipe­lines are present and their lo­ca­tion be­fore car­ry­ing out the work.

“We had a meet­ing with the city en­gi­neer, wherein it was de­cided that hence­forth a sur­vey will be con­ducted and a rough es­ti­mate of the place­ment of the pipe­line will be given be­fore the dig­ging work be­gins.”

The widened roads will also have spe­cial­ized ducts to lay util­i­ties and water pipe­lines, so that if the roads are re­paired in the fu­ture, the pipes will re­main un­harmed. The of­fi­cer said, “The old pipes will be grad­u­ally re­placed un­der our Rs700-crore water re­mod­el­ing project to be un­der­taken un­der the Am­rut Scheme of the cen­tral gov­ern­ment. The re-mod­el­ling in­volves lay­ing of new pipe­lines net­works, con­struct­ing el­e­vated reser­voirs, water tanks and pump houses.”

PRA­FUL GANGURDE

A water pipe­line bursts at Ram Wadi Ser­vice Road, Thane.

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