Robot to detect leaky pipelines

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 25 January 2019

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has started a pilot project to detect water leakages with the help of a robot. This move has been taken in order to replace closed pipelines in bad condition.

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has started a pilot project to detect water leakages with the help of a robot. This move has been taken in order to replace closed pipelines in bad condition. The PMC has allotted Rs 10 crore for this project. The PMC will first detect leakages in a 6 km area around Neelayam Theatre. The project is being undertaken as part of the 24x7 water supply project.

Under this project, PMC has divided the city into 328 District Metering Areas (DMAs) to check water supply and distribution.

The robot will check existing water pipeline conditions and then a decision will be taken whether to replace these pipelines or not. There is around 1,800 kilometre of pipeline network in the city.  The PMC is expected to replace old pipelines based on the condition.

Only last month, the PMC started Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) in Aundh area. 

In the first phase, AMR will be installed at commercial establishments. Later on, it will be installed in residential areas as well.

While speaking to Sakal Times, Nandkumar Jagtap, Superintendent Engineer of Water Supply Department of PMC, said, “We have started a pilot project to detect leakages and the condition of pipelines in Pune city. We are carrying out this work with the help of a robot. The area spread in 6 kilometre. The pipeline supplying water from Parvati water treatment plan to Parvati area is being checked.”

Timeline and stats

  • In Feb 2018,  24x7 water supply project was given to L&T and Jain Irrigation
  • The project cost is Rs 2,550 crore. 
  • The work includes installation of meters, 
  • Preparing infrastructure for the project 
  • Maintenance for 10 years.

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