Nagpur : Residents of Besa-Beltarodi would go without drinking water for next two days as the pipeline has burst on Besa main road on Tuesday. Road widening work for cement concretisation was in progress on the remaining patch of Besa Road when the incident occurred in the afternoon. The spot is in front of Bank of India, near petrol pump in the area.
The pipeline carries water from Rama Dam to the overhead water tanks located at different places. A two feet diameter valve got damaged and it slipped from its place resulting in flooding of the main road. As the water pipeline is on shoulder of road entire water flowing out of the two metre diameter pipe submerged the entire stretch till the temple ahead. This happened as on one side of road storm water drain is built whose height is more than that of concrete road. That water remained stagnant and exposed the storm water drain whose utility is now in question if it could not drain out the excess water. The main road of the area is quite a busy place during day time and passers-by had to tread through knee deep water. Before the water supply from the overhead tank could be cut off thousand of gallons of drinking water got wasted due to damage caused to the pipeline.
Confirming the incident, Surendra Banait, Sarpanch, Besa-Beltarodi Gram Panchayat, said the repair work is expected to take two days and during that time drinking water supply will remain shut to the sprawling suburbs. Already searing heat has increased demand for water and the disruption in supply is likely to put residents of Besa-Beltarodi in a fix. Though many of them have dug up borewells but there too the depleting levels means one can’t totally depend on it. Therefore the piped water provided much needed support to citizens to meet their daily needs. Mukesh Kale, Member, Besa Gram Panchayat, has appealed people to rationally use the water to tide over the crisis period of next two days.