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25 per cent water cut in Mumbai due to pipeline burst

August 18, 2014 18:37 IST

The local civic body today imposed 25 per cent water cut in the metropolis with immediate effect due to burst in a pipeline connected to a key lake.

Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai said it has started repair work on the ruptured pipeline in adjoining Thane district and the task will be completed by Tuesday evening.

“The pipeline that supplies water to the city from Tansa lake has burst at Vartak Nagar in Thane district. Due to this, we have imposed 25 per cent water cut in the western, eastern and southern parts of the city with immediate effect, Deputy Municipal Commissioner Ramesh Bambale told PTI.

A process called "isolation" is currently going on, where water supply to the affected pipe will be stopped to pave the way for repair work, he said.

"We expect the crack on the affected stretch to be fixed by Tuesday evening. Once the work is completed, we will initiate the regular water supply," Bambale said.

MCGM on August 13 withdrew water cuts it had imposed on the city a month ago.

The civic administration had imposed a 20 per cent water cut in Mumbai from July 3 due to poor rainfall in June. It reduced the water cut to 10 per cent on July 30 as levels in lakes supplying water to the financial capital improved following heavy downpour.

As per MCGM records, water stock in seven major lakes catering to the metropolis, as on August 16, stood at 12.77 lakh million litres compared to 12.31 lakh million litres in the same period last year.

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