Living Under the Threat of a Pipeline Leak for 15 Years
By Krishna A | Published: 29th January 2014 07:59 AM |
Over the past one-and-a-half decades, residents of Bank Junction here have been walking through knee-deep water whenever they venture out of their houses. The reason: The Kerala Water Authority’s (KWA) major pipeline to LPSC, Valiyamala passing through the front side of their properties has a leak that has not been reportedly plugged since 1999.
The water stagnation in the area is now posing a danger to the life of the residents of around 10 houses here as well as their properties.
The main pipeline (pro line) passing through the area has a leak that has resulted in flooding of water inside the building compounds. B Geetha, a resident, said that they had brought the matter to the attention of various authorities, but have not received a positive response yet.
“Sometimes, the leakage results in the filling up of the septic tanks. The condition is pathetic. The leakage continues even when there is no water in our taps. The refrain of the authorities is that it will be solved soon, whenever complaints are lodged,’’ she said.
According to Geetha, a ‘loud sound just like a stream’ can be heard when the water arrives. “Fortunately, there is water supply only two days a week. We constructed a drain for avoiding the gushing of water into the house. When we started the piling work of our new house the water entered the compound, creating a large pond. The water was pumped out with two motor pumps,” she said.
“We had complained to the executive engineer, superintending engineer of Thiruvananthapuram and the Managing Director of KWA. However, no action was taken by the authorities on the issue. They don’t know even the leak points. We are facing the issue for nearly 20 years. The enormity of loss of water is beyond imagination,” said Shiju A S, owner of a nearby shop. Nedumangad water supply sub-division assistant engineer Sooraj Sukumar said that the concrete pipe which carries water to LPSC, a unit under the ISRO, has to be changed.
“Plugging the leak is not easy. We are unable to find the leak points. We think that each joint in this pipe has leakage. The work on replacing the pipe has been sanctioned. It is under tendering process. Mild Steel pipes will be laid soon,” he said.