ALL FALL DOWN

Though civic au­thor­i­ties have said that daily wa­ter sup­ply in the area would be re­stored on Fri­day morn­ing, res­i­dents are still try­ing to save up on their daily needs; wa­ter is sup­plied from 4 am to 7 am

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Hap­haz­ard and un­planned re­pair work to fix a bro­ken wa­ter pipe­line re­sulted in muck be­ing strewn all over Parel TT road on Thurs­day, send­ing sev­eral bik­ers skid­ding.

COM­MUTERS who take the Parel TT bridge on a daily ba­sis faced a tough time on Thurs­day, af­ter a pipe pass­ing un­der­neath the south­ern exit burst and dis­rupted traf­fic move­ment in the area. As the south­ern side of the bridge was closed for traf­fic af­ter the in­ci­dent, ve­hi­cles were di­verted, lead­ing to mas­sive con­ges­tions. Even though re­pair work of the pipe started soon af­ter, res­i­dents of the area are not sure whether their daily wa­ter sup­ply would be re­stored on Fri­day.

Dam­age be­ing fixed

Speak­ing to mid-day, Kishor De­sai, as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, F-south ward, said, “A BMC team was sent to the spot af­ter we re­ceived a com­plaint about the in­ci­dent. We are try­ing to fix the dam­age.”

With one side of the bridge shut, traf­fic was di­verted from un­der­neath the fly­over. Com­muters faced a har­row­ing time in cov­er­ing the stretch as the wa­ter drip­ping from the bridge had made the road muddy and slip­pery. “Just ahead of me I saw two bikes skid. I was driv­ing slowly to avoid any un­to­ward in­ci­dent,” said busi­ness­man Di­nesh Chaud­hury, who was head­ing to Masjid mar­ket on his bike. “The BMC staff should have been care­ful while work­ing on the pipe dur­ing the peak traf­fic hour,” said an­other com­muter.

Mean­while, some res­i­dents in the area said that the in­ci­dent hap­pened af­ter they got wa­ter in the morn­ing. Most of the res­i­den­tial build­ings in the lo­cal­ity re­ceive wa­ter only once in the morn­ing. “We are not sure whether we’ll get wa­ter on Fri­day or not, as it will take some time to re­pair the pipe,” said Vishakha Govekar, a res­i­dent of Vard­haman Krupa build­ing. “We have stored wa­ter in drums and tanks, but it’ll only last for a day. Still we are try­ing to save as much as pos­si­ble,” said Sharada Tai­lor, an­other res­i­dent.

‘Wa­ter will be sup­plied’

When con­tacted, Prakash Kadam, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, said, “I was at the site. A crack at the bot­tom of the pipe led to the in­ci­dent.” “It’s a 50-year-old pipe. It ap­pears that leak­age led to the crack. But we’re still not sure of it,” said Ashok Tawa­dia, hy­draulic en­gi­neer from BMC.

Speak­ing about the wa­ter sup­ply in the area, he added, “On Fri­day, wa­ter will be sup­plied to res­i­dents at the usual time be­tween 4 am and 7 am. We are try­ing to fin­ish work on the pipe by early morn­ing, be­fore the wa­ter sup­ply starts.”

‘It’s a 50-year-old pipe. It ap­pears that leak­age led to the crack. But we’re still not sure of it’ Ashok Tawa­dia, hy­draulic en­gi­neer from BMC ‘I was at the site. A crack at the bot­tom of the pipe led to the in­ci­dent’ Prakash Kadam, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner

PICS/ATUL KAM­BLE

PIC/ATUL KAM­BLE

BMC work­ers started re­pair­ing the pipe soon af­ter the civic body re­ceived a com­plaint about the in­ci­dent.

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