100-yr-old Tansa pipe in Thane bursts again

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

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.

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