100-yr-old Tansa pipe in Thane bursts again
The series of bursts on the Tansa pipeline passing through Thane and supplying water to Mumbai seems to be never-ending.
On Thursday, the line burst near Vartak Nagar area of Thane wasting thousands of litres of water. The 100-year-old pipeline has a diameter of 1800 mm and is 72 inches high.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said that though the supply from this line will be shut for repair till Friday morning, it will not affect Mumbai residents.
Santosh Kadam, regional disaster management officer of TMC, said, “A joint in the pipeline burst around 10am on Thursday. The water perforated between the two pipes passing through the area and in the drainage chambers of the TMC. The slums along the pipeline were saved from any damage.”
The supply to the line was closed for repair nearly three hours after the burst, leading to thousands of litres of water flowing down the drains.
Kadam added, “The BMC had imposed a shutdown till last week owing to water scarcity. Once the shutdown was rolled back, the water gushed with high pressure into this pipe which is already worn at several places. The joint could not take the pressure and bursts.”
Although pipe-burst in the line has become a regular feature, the BMC has continued to ignore the line. In May, the BMC officials had repaired a leak near Gandhinagar, but other worn-out joints were ignored.
A BMC official, requesting anonymity, said, “We are planning to close this line by the end of the year or early next year when the work on the underground water supply tunnel will be completed. We have not imposed any shutdown in Mumbai and will supply water through alternative lines till the repair work is completed.”
There are four BMC pipelines which start from Tansa lake in Shahapur taluka (Thane district) and travel more than 100 kilometres to reach Bhandup water purification centre. The pipelines are six and nine feet high and are the oldest pipelines.