On Thursday afternoon, while excavation work was being carried out for the Metro line near Badi Masjid in Bandra West, a pipeline burst unexpectedly. This caused a sudden leakage that disrupted the water supply to the Mahalaxmi and Bandra station areas.
IMMEDIATE REPAIR WORK BY BMC
According to a civic official, the Hydraulic Engineering department of BMC promptly took up the task of repairing the pipeline as soon as the leakage was reported. The team worked tirelessly and by evening, the water supply was successfully restored. Unfortunately, thousands of litres of water were lost due to the pipeline burst near Badi Masjid at around 3.30 pm on Thursday, which was a cause of concern. The water had spilled onto the road, which caused some inconvenience to the traffic for a while.
MMRDA COMMENTS ON THE INCIDENT
As soon as the pipeline burst was reported, the Water department team and H west ward of BMC sprang into action and began repair work immediately. To facilitate the repairs, the water supply had to be temporarily shut down and the damaged pipeline was isolated for repair work. Fortunately, the affected area’s water supply was promptly restored and remained unaffected by the burst, as confirmed by a civic official from the H west ward. Meanwhile, sources from MMRDA revealed that the incident occurred while work was underway for the Mumbai Metro 2B (D N Nsgar – Bandra – Mankhurd on S. V. Road, Bandra). The civic officials were quickly informed about the situation, enabling them to promptly take up the repair work.
REACTION FROM LOCALS
In an interview with a local news channel, Asif Zakaria, a former corporator of the Bandra area, expressed his concerns over the recent pipeline burst near Badi Masjid during excavation work for the Mumbai Metro. Zakaria stated that there should be better coordination between the BMC and other agencies involved in construction work to prevent such incidents from happening. He also suggested that an underground network of pipelines should be provided to avoid damaging the existing ones during excavation work. Zakaria further pointed out that the BMC had conducted pipeline mapping in the area for a 24×7 water supply pilot project, but it was of no use if it could not prevent incidents like this.
The incident serves as a reminder of the need for proper coordination and planning among the various agencies involved in infrastructure projects. While prompt repair work ensured that the water supply was restored quickly, it’s important to address the underlying issues to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.