Relief for West Kochi as pipeline burst repaired

Water supply to Thevara, Willingdon Island, Cochin Port Trust, Cochin Shipyard, Mattanchery and Thoppumpady was disrupted following the pipe burst on Friday night.

Published: 30th September 2013 10:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th September 2013 10:28 AM   |  A+A-

Water supply towards West Kochi was restored on Sunday evening after officials of the Kerala Water Authority (KWA) completed the repair work on the broken pipeline at Atlantis Junction, in the early hours of Sunday. However, normal supply will be restored on the stretch only by Monday, KWA officials said.

Water supply to Thevara, Willingdon Island, Cochin Port Trust, Cochin Shipyard, Mattanchery and Thoppumpady was disrupted following the pipe burst on Friday night. The pipe was used to carry water from the Perumanoor pumphouse to West Kochi.

“We were able to replace the broken pipe before the approximated time. We had set the deadline for the afternoon, but the work was completed by 4 am on Sunday morning. Pumping began directly after that. Though water has reached many areas, full supply will only be available by Monday,” the officials said.

The 700-mm concrete pipe had burst at Atlantis Junction. This is one among the major pipe bursts which has affected the city and suburban residents in the past one month.

The difficulty in locating the exact spot of the pipe burst, on account of the presence of several cables, including the 66-KV electric line, had delayed the repair work at Atlantis Junction.

“There were also fears of a wall collapse as the water flow had weakened the soil in the area and rendered the wall of a building rather shaky. So we had no option but to bring it down. The Shipyard authorities have agreed to repair the wall after our work here is finished,” a KWA official said.

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