Taps in the entire Ponda taluka remained dry throughout Friday and Saturday as the water department began the work of shifting a major pipeline at Curti that often bore the brunt of digging works undertaken by the government for various purposes, reported the Times of India.
The entire Ponda taluka and surrounding villages, including Usgao, Ganjem, Khandepar, Vaghurme, Curti, Bethora, Nirancal, WadiTalaulim, Durbhat-Adpai, Bandora, Kavlem, Borim, Shiroda besides defence establishments were majorly affected and water supply was cut off with all the taps going dry in these areas.
The supply is unlikely to be restored by Saturday afternoon and residents may have to go without water even on Sunday as the concrete support extended at critical joints for the newly-laid pipeline will take at least eight hours to hold steadfast.
The existing 750-mm cast iron (CI) pipeline was laid under the highway at Curti for almost 1km from Shree Sateri temple to Devache Zhadd on way to Khandepar. Frequent road-digging works were damaging the pipeline and as such the authorities decided to lay it along the roadside.
“MVR Infraprojects has been assigned the task of replacing the cast iron pipeline by ductile iron (DI) ones, and from underneath the road to roadside,” executive engineer of water supply division, Nivruti Parsekar said.
“The work of pipeline shifting and fixing the joints would be completed by tonight. But, the concrete blocks supporting the pipeline and joints would take around eight hours to dry up,” Parsekar said.