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FREQUENT PIPELINE BURSTS ADD WOES TO WATER CRISIS RIDDEN MUMBAI CITY

bmc-2To the relief of residents, the six-foot-diameter pipe burst in Bhiwandi has been repaired by the MCGM administration. It maybe recalled that the pipeline burst was another setback for the already water crisis ridded MCGM. Few days back, the residents of Bhiwandi had to suffer water shortage after a six-foot-diameter pipe burst in the area. So great was the damage that not just the residents of Bhiwadi but the entire city had to go with around 35% less water supply for a couple of days-something unprecedented in recent history. The incident occurred at Valgaon near Gundavli on a pipeline carrying water from Tansa to the Bhandup Water Complex. Officials said the age of the century-old pipeline could be the major reason for the burst although the immediate trigger was not known. The Tansa (East) main supplies water to all the major reservoirs of the city from the Bhandup Water Complex. At that time, Mumbai Mayor Shraddha Jadhav had assured that the pipeline will be repaired immediately. True to her word, the pipeline was repaired within two days. However, what cannot go unnoticed is the frequent pipe bursts in recent times which have added to the woes of Mumbai, which is already reeling under a 15% water cut. A recent Right To Information query revealed that there were as many as 1,031 cases of pipe bursts or leaks in 2009, draining the city of millions of litres of water. In fact, the MCGM reported about three cases of burst or leaking pipes every day in 2009. The biggest burst last year was in May, when a pipe at Lalbaug ruptured while the flyover there was being constructed. This year, there was a major pipeline burst at Nana Chowk in Grant Road. At present, the water content in the lakes supplying the city is 4.57 million litres as opposed to 6 million litres last year. With cameraperson Deepak Kamble, Vasudha Dhumak for NMTV News.

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