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8th January 2008 :: Life line

The local trains are called the lifeline of Mumbai. When convenient, these water pipelines are also called the lifeline of Mumbai. They carry the water supplied to the city and it is beyond my comprehension why they are above the ground, I guess there must be a reason for not having them underground. Actually in some places they are underground like the Andheri Kurla Road, the pipeline continues till just before Andheri Kurla road and from there it goes underground are comes back on surface a little further. While underground, the water gets polluted because of leakages in the water pipes and sewage pipes. (Well, here is one damn good reason to have the water pipes on the ground) In various areas there are illegal settlements along these pipes. Apart from living there illegally, the people are taking water from these pipes illegally too. I am not sure how they do it. May be there are outlets for other purposes which are opened by them for stealing water or maybe there is some other way. Every year at least once you see a picture of an exploded pipe with water gushing out of it and kids dancing in it. That generally means water cut in certain parts of the city. A large amount of water is lost due to stealing and burst pipes and also in general leaks.

This picture was taken on Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road between Powai and Andheri.