Pipeline damaged, water supply to be hit

Water gushed into many houses after a 70-year-old pipeline, laid sometime during Sir M Visvesvaraya era, was found damaged on Pipeline Road near Sumanahalli flyover (Magadi Road) on Friday.

The pipeline was damaged on Thursday night itself with large amount of water, meant for the supply to the nearby areas, going down the drain.

According to a Facebook post by MLA Suresh Kumar, the damage could have been caused by the gas pipeline laid just above the water pipeline by GAIL.“The loss of water is very unfortunate as we get water once in two days. No attempt has been made by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board to plug the loss of water,” said residents, staying in the vicinity of the pipeline. However, T Venka­ta­raju, Engineer-in-Chief, BWSSB, said that as the pipeline was old, the damage could have been caused due to wear and tear.

“It is a 900-mm diameter pipe laid even before the BWSSB came into existence. It was laid to draw water from Tippagondanahalli reservoir (TG Halli) and supply it to Rajajinagar, Mahalakshmipuram and surrounding areas.  We have swung into action and the pipeline will be replaced by Friday night,” he added.

However, water supply will be affected in the area, Venkataraju added. The pipeline is said to be a main line which supplies water to large parts of the City like Rajajinagar, Govindarajnagar, Mahalakshmipuram and the adjoining areas.
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