Selaulim water pipeline ruptured at Raia


 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]