Port Blair, May 03: A leakage seen at Dairy Farm Junction connected to Vijay Baugh, one can see leaked water flowing onto road at various occasions. It seems a major pipeline developed slight damage due to which leaked water coming onto the road by damaging the road.
That is not only at this particular spot, but also at Golghar junction, school line roads and other locations one can observe similar leakages of water on the roads at this water sucking summer. Despite the road resurfacing works yearly twice or thrice, those leakages can be seen at every summer season.
However, the engineers could estimate the volume of water wastage if that is visible and measurable such as open water taps, tap leakage and surfaced water pipelines. But, it would be difficult to estimate the volume of water wastage in the matter of underground pipeline leakage.
The underground major water pipe lines were laid many decades ago and maintenance and inspection of such pipelines should be the duty of the JEs and AEs Engineers of Water Works, but they are keenly interested to work in this direction.
Ironically, in every summer the APWD engineers would get duty to create awareness and organize campaigns among citizens regarding "Save Water, Use Water Judicially", on the other hand Smart City Councillors/ public representatives would conduct puja to satisfy rain God, expecting early arrival of rainfall.
Answering a question of a scribe about water pipeline leakages, the Commissioner-cum-Secretary of the Andaman Public Works Department, Mr. Nikhil Kumar said recently that, the concerned engineers altogether identified 800 leakages (taps and pipes) out of which 700 were rectified/ fixed by them and rest to be done.