Water supply to many areas remains suspended

Following Friday night's incident that saw a portion of an under-construction multi-level parking lot in Pitampura collapse on a water pipeline causing severe damage, officials are working round-the-clock to restore normality.

Officials from both the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Jal Board have spent the weekend trying to de-water the area and level the earth. However, water supply to several areas in the Capital remains suspended.

“Most of the area has been restored and the earth has been reinforced with debris and concrete waste,” said Municipal Commissioner P. K. Gupta.

“The water level from the burst has decreased substantially and pumps continue to de-water the area,” he added. The collapse is said to have occurred due to water leakage, which caused the soil under the building to soften and shift, thereby dislodging the structure.

North Delhi Mayor Mira Aggarwal and Mr. Gupta had visited the site on Saturday and ordered a probe. They also directed South Delhi Municipal Corporation Engineer-in-chief Ravi Dass to conduct an inquiry and submit an interim report within three days.

“The interim report on the incident will be finalised by Tuesday,” said Mr. Gupta.

However, water supply to areas in the New Delhi Municipal Council, Military Engineer Services and parts of South Delhi is yet to be restored.

According to Jal Board officials, restoration work on the 1,000 mm transmission pipeline at Madhuban Chowk will take a while since the ground under the pipeline has caved in.

“Water supply has not been restored yet since we are in the process of making a new base for the pipeline,” said an official. “This requires a change in alignment since the ground has caved in. We are trying to restore supply at the earliest.”

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