Pipeline burst stalls traffic in Goregaon

Apr 17, 2013, 06:31 IST | Chetna Yerunkar

At a time when the state is facing a drought-like situation, frequent water pipeline bursts in the city come as a huge embarrassment for the civic authorities.

On April 9, a water pipeline burst in Govandi, claiming the life of one man and leaving 14 injured.

The BMC had to dig up the roads in Goregaon (East) to repair a pipeline burst that affected water supply in the area. The burst also led to heavy traffic congestion in the region in the peak hours of the evening affecting several commuters. A BMC official said normal water supply would be restored by Wednesday morning. Pics/Kiran Bhalerao

And though there were no casualties in yesterday’s pipeline burst at Goregaon, the overflow of water led to traffic congestion in the evening peak hours. The 18-inch water pipeline in Goregaon (East), opposite Oberoi Mall burst, affecting water supply to the areas of Gokuldham, Dindoshi, Aarey Colony, Goregaon station, Pandurangwadi and others. The leakage started at 4.30 pm.

BMC officials reached the spot to fix the pipe and the work was expected to go on until night. Commuters were affected as the road had to be dug up, causing the traffic to move slowly, creating chaos. Amit Gurav, a commuter travelling to Goregaon station from Dindoshi, said, “I took a long time to reach Goregaon station as there was lot of traffic due to the work on the pipeline. I took 45 minutes from Dindoshi when the same commute happens in 15 minutes everyday. It would have been better to walk.”

The BMC’s water department assured that Goregaon area would get normal water supply from Wednesday morning. An assistant engineer on condition of anonymity, said, “There will be no problem with the water supply from Wednesday morning. We are repairing the pipeline and will restore normal supply soon.”

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