MUMBAI: Water supply to around 50 buildings along Marine Drive had been cut for over two days till late on Monday following a major water pipeline burst during piling work for the coastal road last Saturday.
Local corporators said hundreds of homes on Marine Drive and neighbouring roads such as Churchgate’s A, B, C and D roads had not been receving water supply since the weekend. Those who were getting water complained that it was muddy.
BMC officials said work on repairing the pipeline had started and was expected to be completed by Monday night.
“The water pipeline burst during piling work for the coastal road. The water supply department has already started the repair work. We have also informed the department to levy a penalty on the contractor for damaging the pipeline,” said a senior civic official.
Officials from BMC’s water supply department said they located the spot where the pipeline had burst.
“The repairs are taking time as it took a while to detect the pipeline burst, which also led to flooding. The source of the pipeline burst could only be located on Monday morning—it was outside Grant Medical College gymkhana,” the official said.
Local BJP corporator Aakash Purohit said this is the first instance of such a major water cut at Marine Drive. “I too am facing a water cut. My building has not been getting water since Sunday. BMC must fix the water supply soon and ensure they handle such situations better the next time. The contractor responsible for this damage must be penalised heavily,” Purohit said.
Residents alleged BMC had not made any alternate arrangements for water supply.
“We are managing to get water through private tankers but they are only allowed in this area after 1pm. So there is a struggle for water in the morning. BMC said repair work was going on a priority basis but so far they have not given any commitment. Water tankers are also costly,” said Ashit Shroff, a resident of D Road and member of the Marine Drive Residents Association (MDRA).

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