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Earthmovers damage pipelines in many wards

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Such disruptions found where UGD work is on

Wasted wealth: Drinking water, which leaked from a pipe damaged during the under ground drainage work, stagnates on Maniam-Kaliappa Gounder Street in the city on Wednesday. -Photo:M. Periasamy
Wasted wealth: Drinking water, which leaked from a pipe damaged during the under ground drainage work, stagnates on Maniam-Kaliappa Gounder Street in the city on Wednesday. -Photo:M. Periasamy

Even as the water level in the Siruvani Dam is going down by the day, there are many places in the city where the water is wasted. The wastage occurs particularly in areas where the underground drainage (UGD) work is on.

The earthmovers damage the pipelines while removing earth. Such damage can be seen in Wards 60, 61, 62, 63, etc.

In Ward 62, when the Siruvani water supply was in progress on Wednesday morning, water entered the trenches dug to lay UGD pipelines on Maniam Kaliappa Gounder Street.

Closed UGD chamber

On Krishnammal Street the water flowed out of a closed UGD chamber.

S. Sundararajan, a resident, said the water was getting wasted for the last 10 days whenever the Corporation opened the valve to supply drinking water to the residents of the area.

D. Arulalan, a resident of the Maniam Kaliappa Gounder Street, complained that not only the water got wasted because of broken pipelines but houses like his on the street did not get adequate supply.

Another grouse of his was that the road the Corporation dug in May 2010 was lying unattended. “So much dust is generated because of the road that I am not able to keep the windows open even for a few minutes.” Ward 61 Councillor K. Purushothaman says that such wastage and complaints can be found wherever the UGD work is on and points out various locations in the Western Zone. Corporation engineers in-charge of water supply say that the complaints are not uncommon because contractors are using earthmovers to dig earth to lay pipelines. Such disruptions are more likely on lanes where the house supply lines branch off from the main supply line at closer distances.

Repair breakages

They add that the contractors are duty bound to immediately repair such breakages because a clause regarding breakage and repair of water supply pipelines has been incorporated into the contract they signed to undertake the UGD work.

They are also supposed to level the roads after the completion of the work.

The water supply wing can at best offer suggestions to assist the contractors to repair or relay the broken pipelines.

A senior Corporation official says the wastage of water is very minimal because the leaks are plugged at the shortest possible time.

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