Chennai

Pipeline leak at Avvai Shanmugham Salai junction leads to traffic disruption

Avvai Shanmugham Salai was flooded with water as a pipeline dug up for testing got damaged on Tuesday.

Avvai Shanmugham Salai was flooded with water as a pipeline dug up for testing got damaged on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: B. Velankanni Raj

Wastage of water shocks residents

When many parts of the city continue to reel under water shortage, residents of Royapettah and Gopalapuram were shocked to see Lloyds Road junction under sheets of water on Tuesday morning.

Though the area had experienced overnight rains, a leak in water pipeline had led to waterlogging. Peak hour traffic on the road was disrupted due to the issue.

Water gushed out of a pit dug up in the junction from early Tuesday, flooding the area.

Officials of the Chennai Metrowater said the pit was dug to cut a portion of water pipeline and check about sewage pollution.

"We had received complaints about sewage mixing in drinking water from the area. A pit was dug and pipe was cut to check the source of pollution. We had closed the pipeline on Monday," said an official.

However, the pit had reportedly silted up during rains at night. When water was released in the morning, the pipe gave way due to pressure, sources said.

The water leak was arrested at around 9 a.m. after pumping out stagnant water in the pit, the official added.

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