Water likely in Phase III pipeline by Saturday, repair on Phase IV pipeline to take more time

ChandigrahRepair work in full swing. Express

With rain having hampered the work for repair of the damaged pipelines, the resumption of water supply is likely to be delayed further. While water is expected to be released in the pipeline for Kajauli Water Works Phase III by Saturday, the work for repairing Phase IV would take more time.

The residents, meanwhile, continued to reel under shortage of water.

The two pipelines were damaged after work was being undertaken in the area to lay pipelines for Phases V and VI. Due to the extensive digging for laying the pipelines, the earth caved in and pipelines were damaged. The machinery used for digging was another cause for the damage caused.

Municipal Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh said that the contractor would be bearing the cost of the repairs that had been undertaken. The cost is expected to be around Rs 20 lakh and this would be borne by the agency that was laying the pipelines.

The water reservoirs of the MC had gone dry on Wednesday. Water that is being received from Phases I and II is being distributed in the city. With two pipelines non-functional, the water supply is down to half. The demand for water tankers has gone up. Officials state that it is from the northern sectors that more demand for tankers is being received. The repair work is being undertaken jointly by the MC and Greater Mohali Area Development Authority.

MC Chief Engineer S S Bida said that the repair of the pipeline for Phase III was expected to be completed on Thursday. Thereafter, a thrust block of concrete would be constructed. This gives support to the pipelines at the base. "If all goes well, we should be able to release water in Phase III pipeline by Saturday. The repair work for Phase IV is likely to take more time. Water is likely to be released in this in the next three to four days," he said.

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