Pipeline Burst Divides Indian Water Firm, JICA

Indian water authorities and the Japan International Cooperation Agency are reportedly squabbling over a pipe burst in a 700-millimeter cast iron pipe in the Thiruvananthapuram district in the town of Kerala, India’s Express News Service reports.

An official of the Kerala Water Authority said pipe-laying in the JICA-assisted project was done “without proper care,” eventually leading to the recent pipe burst that incurred the water firm heavy repair costs and caused consumers service interruptions. JICA officials, however, said the incident could have been due to pressure variations because of interconnections along the pipeline.

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