Water supply pipeline bursts again in City

Mangaladevi, Jeppu, Bolar may not get water supply for next few days

Water supply pipeline bursts again in City

 In fact, the spot, between Karavali Circle and Bendoor Circle, developed a huge crater, measuring at least 10 feet by 5 feet after the pipe burst.

Within a few minutes after the water supply pipeline burst, the basement of Shah complex which has 6 shops had at least one feet of water. Besides, a stationery shop, a footwear shop and several other shops were flooded. The pipeline is under the main road which had been dug and re-laid a few days ago by the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC).

An eyewitness said that the road caved in moments after the pipeline burst. Soon, water from the underground pipeline sprang from one side of the road and entered the shops and basement of a nearby building.

Mangalore City Corporation Executive Engineer G V Rajshekar, who visited the spot, said that the asbestos cement (AC) pipeline supplies water from Thumbe to Nandigudda, Mangaladevi, Jeppinamogaru and Bolara among other areas in the City. “These areas may not get water supply for at least one or two days,” he said. However, sources said that it may take at least 3 or 4 days to repair the pipeline as there are 4 other pipelines, parallel to the damaged pipeline and using JCB may damage other pipelines, which includes a 1,000 mm pipeline which supplies water to the City from Thumbe.

Sources also said that the use of heavy machineries and hi-tech vibrator to relay the road recently would have damaged or weakened the 15-year-old pipeline. “In fact, the stretch was not concretised because the officials feared that it would be very difficult to repair the pipeline, if it broke after the concretisation works,” sources said.

Mayor Shanker Bhat who also visited spot, said that the repair works would be taken up immediately. However, he did not say how long it would take to repair the pipeline.
It may be recalled that a two-MGD (million gallons a day) capacity cast iron water supply pipeline had burst on May 16 and again on May 27, hardly 20 feet away from today’s spot.

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