￭ Digging work of new water pipeline stopped for time being
￭ Inspection of the site once again
A rumour that Naher-e-Panchakki got damaged spread like a wildfire in the city drawing hundreds of concerned citizens at the spot this morning.
Meanwhile, the civic authorities have stopped the digging work near the historic naher to lay a new water supply pipeline of 500 mm size.
According to civic officials, development of the existing bridge and construction of a new road bypassing the Mehmood Gate, a heritage structure, near Panchakki, is to be started soon. As a preventive measure, the civic authorities have started relocating the old water pipeline from here. While the digging work was going on, suddenly water started oozing out from a narrow base beneath this heritage structure. No sooner did the rumour about Naher-e-Panchakki getting damaged spread than people in large numbers started gathering at the spot.
When contacted, executive engineer Hemant Kolhe clarified that the Naher-e-Panchakki is safe. "There is no damage to the naher as it is located on the opposite end of the Kham River, while the digging work was going on near the mosque. The old drainage line here might have burst due to the digging work," he said.
"Right now, we have stopped the digging work and I am sure that there is no damage to the historic naher. Though we have carried out an inspection immediately after the incident, we will again inspect the site tomorrow," Kolhe assured.