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Mumbai: Water supply to be affected in some parts on Monday

MUMBAI: Parts of Bandra and Khar went with either no water supply or very low pressure water being received for the second day in a row. Supply is expected to be affected on Monday as well.
Locals said that on Saturday they were prepared for water supply being hit, owing to the leakage in the 1800 mm Tansa water main line at Mahim creek. But the water supply troubles having continued on Sunday too, have inconvenienced them.
Madhu Poplai, of the Pali Hill Residents Association (PHRA) said, many societies had to bring in private water tankers which had started to charge exorbitantly. “Some were asking for up to Rs. 7,000 for one private tanker. Besides, there was up to seven hours of waiting before housing societies could get a tanker too. As there was no adequate water supply being received in the reservoirs itself, the supply to most of the localities took a hit,” she said.
Water supply in these areas is likely to be hit even on Monday owing to the leakage work not being completed. “We had completed the work and charged the water line. However, we realised that the leakage has not been arrested completely. There was no point depressurising it again and therefore water was supplied on Sunday although the pressure was very low. On Monday, we will take up work again on arresting the leakages,” said a hydraulic department official.
Khar corporator Swapna Mhatre said that residents have been hassled owing to the erratic supply since Saturday. “I have received numerous calls from locals asking when the water supply issue would be resolved. The BMC should have taken up works on war footing in order to ensure citizens are not hassled as such,” said Mhatre.
Bandra corporator Asif Zakaria said that there are two mains at Mahim creek, Tansa east and Tansa west main. “As Tansa east main water line at Mahim creek is leaking hence water supply to the entire H west ward is at low pressure. These water mains are very old and have been corroded completely and outlived their lifespan. The BMC should have done something as leakages in these areas are severely affecting citizens,” said Zakaria. Source

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