Water theft?

If you go walking down the path that leads to the Haunted Hill (the park with that little ice cream khokha called Hotspot) you will see this to your left:



What you see all wrapped up in a plastic cover in the first picture is a donkey pump, and that donkey pump is connected to a yellow flexible pipe, which in turn is connected to a steel pipe which goes under the footpath you are treading on. Now the following picture was taken a few months later:


The donkey pump now seems to be covered with a metal shed and is hidden with the help of branches. The yellow pipe leading to the main underground pipe is still visible though. Here’s a satellite image of the location. The large white building is the Marriott hotel, and the yellow box in the upper left corner indicates the place where this contraption is located (you need a keen eye to find the yellow box!):


What do you make of this? I say this is theft! Why would a rich man living in a huge bungalow would want to steal water from the main pipeline? Do they have a swimming pool in their for their cows? Does the owner own a Jacuzzi and spends a large part of his day floating in a gigantic steaming and bubbling pool with his trusty rubber ducky? Or did they forget to make a water tank and are now extracting water directly from the main pipeline?

9 Comments so far

  1. Muneeb Ahmed (mutecs91) on March 20th, 2009 @ 11:23 am

    it does seem to me a theft…….but who would want to derive water from here as you see in the satellite image there is no house near it…….it is more wastage of water than theft…

  2. crazymonkey on March 20th, 2009 @ 11:28 am

    @mutecs91 – There are houses at the back, the picture doesn’t show them.

  3. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on March 20th, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

    Its hashwanis place at Haunted hill’s back. Sigh.

  4. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on March 20th, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

    BTW u followed the pipe .. like where is it heading towards?

  5. crazymonkey on March 21st, 2009 @ 8:26 am

    It just headed underground… couldn’t see any more of it. I would have to switch to Lara Croftt mode and jump down into the big hole to find out where it’s actually connected.

  6. kabirdas on March 21st, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

    @ crazymonkey

    I am not clear about the second picture. There I see a yellow pipe coming from a donkey pump (as you say) discharging water into a pit full of twigs and leaves and not going into some house as you alleged.

    I said : ‘donkey pump (as you say)’ because I can neither see the pump nor any donkey close by :-)

    The supposedly rich guy may have resorted to this alternative way of getting the water to meet his basic requirements in the absence of sufficient supply of water from CDA supply line.
    I am defending this supposedly rich guy because I am also a supposedly rich guy who has installed a centrifugal pump (as opposed to a donkey pump) on the water supply line to suck additional water to make both my ends meet.

  7. crazymonkey on March 22nd, 2009 @ 9:32 am

    @kabirdas – you can’t see the donkey because the donkey has been installed inside the pump and is responsible for driving the pump’s suction mechanism. It is an ordinary male donkey and it requires a good diet of chanas to give it energy and vitality.

    By sucking water out of the main pipeline, you are not only engaging in an act of theft (unless you’ve sought permission from the very able CDA), you are also disrupting the water supply to other consumers. Why would you need so much water? I have usually seen people just watering their plants away all day, wasting water which could have filled an entire water tanker for another household.

  8. kabirdas on March 22nd, 2009 @ 7:08 pm

    @ crazymonkey

    1. My query about the invisible donkey has been well answered.

    2. Ref second pic. My observation that the water is seen being dicharged into a pit in the open and not into some house remains unanswered.

    3. I wouldn’t call it an act of theft. I would call it struggle for survival or the survival of the fittest.

    4. I wouldn’t have installed the suction pump and lived with whatever supply of water I received through normal CDA supply line. But then the rich guys in my neighbourhood started installing suction pumps which further reduced my normal supply of water. So I, even though just supposedly rich, decided to instal a suction pump as well. It then became a war of suction pumps which no one won. We were all back to square one. Now I fear some rich guy may instal a bigger and more powerful suction pump leading to upgradation of their pumps by others concerned. It will be an escalation in this war of suction pumps which may again become unwinable. It sounds stupid. Doesn’t it? We are people with big egos and little sense—-civic or otherwise.
    It was a good post. Remain on the look out to highlight other aspect of this problem as well like:
    a. Watering of huge lawns etc most lavishly at wrong times of the day.
    b. Washing of cars with constantly running pipe instead of using buckets. It rquires only two buckets full of water to wash a car quite satisfactorily.
    c. Unattended leakages in CDA supply line.
    d. Overflowing of over head tanks . It require a simple local switch costing oly about Rs 400/ to solve this problem.
    e. Disuse of water meters by CDA for whatever reason. Consumers should not pay at flat rate but according to the quantity of water they use ie Rs/cubic feet of water.
    f. Last and not the least absence of civic sense by the owners of the houses and their servants. The per capita consumption of water is much more than per capita consumption of water by other civilised countries

  9. crazymonkey on March 24th, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

    @kabirdas sahib – Ref. your point #2, the fact that the donkey pump is being hidden inside a large plastic cover and then hidden in branches should be a clear indication that something fishy is going on.

    Ref. point #3, it is indeed the survival of the fittest. Imagine what would become of this land if every ‘fit’ person started stealing water in this manner.

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