The executive engineer of the public works department (water supply section), Mr P Fatarpekar on Saturday said a stretch of the Selaulim water pipeline got ruptured at Manora, Raia, after a JCP excavator working for laying parallel pipeline accidentally holed it.
The incident occurred at around 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Giving details of the pipeline breakdown, Mr Fatarpekar said, ”A JCB machine was at work at Manora to lay water pipeline of JICA. We are told that it accidentally holed the domestic water pipeline… We rushed to the site to take stock of the situation.”
Water gushed out of the damaged pipe and inundated nearby low-lying areas, causing inconvenience to local residents.
People of Salcete and Mormugao talukas will face acute water shortage for the next two days. PWD engineers said it would take two days to complete repair works and restore the water supply.
“There are more than 15 workers at the site working to repair the pipe… I am at the site supervising and monitoring the work,” informed a junior engineer, Mr S Naik.
Sources said the parallel pipeline is being laid from Seraulim to Vasco to meet the increased water requirements, and that the work has been undertaken by the Japan International Corporation Agency, which will be completed by 2014.
The assistant engineer, PWD (water section), Vasco, Mr Vishambhar Bhende informed that the several areas in Mormugao taluka, including Cansaulim, Cortalim, Velsao, Utorda, Dabolim, Alto-Dabolim, New-Vaddem, Mangor Hill, Shantinagar, Driver Hill, Vasco city, Baina, Headland-Sada, Bogda and others would be severely affected due to the breakdown of the Selaulim pipeline.
Some parts of Nuvem, Majorda and Verna villages are expected to go through acute water shortage for the next two days.
The PWD authorities would make necessary arrangement to provide water to the people through tankers on Sunday and Monday. The Selaulim water pipeline has also burst at two different locations in Assoi-Chicalim and at Zuarinagar in Mormugao taluka during wee hours at 4.45 a.m. on Thursday. Most of the localities in Vasco and Dabolim constituencies were severely affected by the erratic water supply.
At Assoi-Chicalim, an electric pole, which stood near the affected portion of the water pipeline, got tilted, while an under-construction house suffered damages as the water engulfed construction materials causing a loss to the tune of
`1 lakh to the house owner. [NT]