Mangaluru: August 6, 2015: City’s water supply situation, which began on Saturday, due to major breakage of two 18-MGD water supply pipelines, will be back to normal by Thursday. "Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) has commenced pumping water in to the pipelines from its vented dam at Thumbe since Wednesday morning and the major underground storage tank at Padil has been filled, Gokuldas Nayak, in-charge commissioner and DC (administration), MCC said.
While pumping of water into one of the two lines started aroun d 11am on Wednesday, authorities started the process in other pipeline around an hour later. The water from Padil underground reservoir has been let in to distribution network and areas such as Padil, Yekkur, Jeppinamogaru, Attavar, Jeppu, Mangaladevi, Morgan’s Gate and nearby areas started receiving water. The other underground reservoir at Bendorewell too is getting filled up, Nayak said.
Water from the Bendorewell underground reservoir will be distributed to areas in the central business district areas of the city. "We expect normalcy in water supply latest by tonight or in the early hours of Thursday," Nayak said adding that junior engineers have been posted at the place where pipelines developed leak as a result of indiscriminate and unchecked dumping of debris on it. MCC authorities took five days to repair the leak throwing life out of gear.
Earlier in the day, former district minister J Krishna Palemar described the water crisis in the middle of monsoon as abject failure of part of both MCC and the district administration. "If the administration has the will power, it can requisition tankers to supply water to the areas without water," he said citing an instance where during his tenure as minister, he had personally ensure that a burnt motor at Thumbe pumping station was repaired and replaced in 24-hours.
Congress MLC Ivan D’Souza too apologized to the people for what he described is the failure of officials in the civic body for taking five days to tackle the problem.
"I have directed the DC and the MCC commissioner to book FIR against those responsible for dumping debris on the pipeline," Ivan said, adding he had to take water from neighbor to meet his household requirements. Mayor Jacintha Vijay Alfred convened a media briefing on Thursday