Special Correspondent

COIMBATORE: The resumption of the supply of drinking water in the city under the Pilloor scheme may be delayed by a day as works to replace a leaking portion of the main line at Kattan Hills went on throughout the day on Wednesday.

Water supply officials in the Coimbatore Corporation said the damaged line was removed only around 1 p.m. on Wednesday when actually the welding of a mild steel pipe in its place should have already begun.


The digging out of the damaged line was a painstaking process and it took half of Tuesday and the entire morning of Wednesday to complete.

The welding of the replacement was said to have begun around evening.

The officials said the new line would be fixed by 10 p.m. on Wednesday and the pumping could resume soon after. However, the supply in the city would not resume on Thursday.

Main reservoir

After the pumping resumes at Velliyangadu, water would reach the main service reservoir of the Corporation at Ganapathy around 8 a.m. on Thursday.

But, whatever amount of water that was got initially would not be enough to resume the city-level distribution.

Those who went without their normal supply on Tuesday might get it only on Friday.

As a result, it would push further the supply schedule of the other areas.

Whenever such situations triggered acute scarcity of water, it was supplied in lorries to the affected areas, the officials said, when asked how the civic body would manage any scarcity caused by the delay in the resumption of supply.