According to civic officials, the leakage was reported after 6.30 am.
Mumbai: Despite the arrest of incessant showers, water woes continued for Mumbaikars. In the second major incident of a water pipeline burst in less than a week, a main line burst near the entrance of Parel flyover causing flooding on Thursday morning. This resulted in the shutting down of Parel flyover on Babasaheb Ambedkar Road, causing a huge inconvenience to motorists.
According to civic officials, the leakage was reported after 6.30 am. Civic officials started repair work, but the cause has not been ascertained yet. However, officials said that it might be due to wear and tear as it was an old pipeline.
“The repair work has been undertaken; excavation has already been done and works of dismantling the old pipeline are on. The laying of the new pipeline is likely to be completed by 4 am on Friday. Water supply to the area will not be affected as the supply timing is from 4 am to 7am,” said Ashok Tawadia, chief engineer, hydraulic department, BMC.
Following the burst, there was flooding in the surrounding areas, due to which Mumbai traffic police had to shut down Parel flyover and divert traffic.
"Traffic was slow at Hindmata flyover, due to pipeline repair work. Parel TT bridge (S Bound) was closed for traffic. Southbound traffic diversion took place in Bhoiwada -Naigaon crossroad towards Char Rasta. BA road, Matunga, was diverted towards left turn MTNL office- Char Rasta- RA Kidwai road- CST," tweeted Mumbai police.
The closure of the flyover forced motorists to use the road below the flyover, which led to huge traffic jams in Parel. The queue of vehicles was seen extending to several kilometres all the way to Dadar. Motorists had to use diverted routes to reach their destinations. Traffic was diverted from Arora junction and Bhoiwara junction.
"The Parel flyover will remain closed till repair works are completed. We are waiting for the BMC to complete repairs," said a traffic police official.
"The pipeline burst caused traffic to slow down at Hindmata flyover. There were snarls in Dadar too," said civic activist Pradeep Yadav.
Last week, lakhs of litres of water were wasted due to a pipeline burst caused by the ongoing Metro work on Gokhale Road near Shiv Sena Bhavan in Dadar.