Curchorem: Water supply to areas of Mormugao and Salcete talukas was affected on Thursday after a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded pipeline, supplying water from the Selaulim water treatment plant to the Shirvoi tank ruptured at Kotarlim in Sanguem.
Executive engineer of public works department (PWD) Shrikant Gaonkar said that the pipeline ruptured around 5 pm and soon after the leakage was noticed, pumping of water was stopped and the pipeline dewatered. He said repair work on the pipeline will be carried out and the pipeline restored by Friday evening. However, water from the Shirvoi tank will be released to some areas, he said.
A press note to this effect has also been issued informing the public that water supply to the affected areas will be restricted on November 29. It may be noted that the same pipeline had ruptured some months back. The bursting of the pipeline at joints occurs due to the back pressure of water and absence of pressure release valves. After the rupture that occurred some months back, the concerned authorities had assured that valves would be installed immediately. However, no such valves were installed, resulting in the bursting of the pipeline for a second time. When asked, Gaonkar said that the valves were supposed to be installed within a fortnight.