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20 million litres water wasted in scarcity-hit Rajkot

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The Times Of India
18th May, 2019 12:59 IST

RAJKOT: A major breach in pipeline of Gujarat Water Infrastructure Limited (GWIL) that supplies Narmada water to Rajkot city and 95 villages of the district, has resulted in wastage of over 20 million litres of water, at a time when the Saurashtra’s financial capital is reeling under severe crisis.

The water supply to many parts of the Rajkot city remained suspended on Friday which is expected resume by Saturday.

The pipeline from Hadala to Kotharia developed a leakage at a joint between the pipes in wee hours of Friday. Senior manager of GWIL, PK Modi said, “We can’t repair leakage till there is water inside it. So we are pumping out the water from the pipeline. The Rajkot Municipal Corporation (RMC) has also provided us with fire fighters for this.”

“We hope that by Saturday morning the line will be repaired,” he added.

According to an estimate, water that could have sufficed requirement of Rajkot city for 7-8 days was wasted due to the leakage.

Though the exact reason for the leakage was not known, but GWIL officers suspect that the breach in pipeline could have happened due to high water pressure.

The pipeline supplies 45-50 MLD (million litres per day) water to Kotharia area of Rajkot and 95 villages on Morbi road.

Rajkot mayor Bina Aachrya and officers of RMC had rushed to the spot to examine the situation.

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