Eighteen days after HT reported on Centre for Science and Environment's (CSE) findings on an impending water and sewerage crisis in the city, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) dismissed the claims, saying most of the figures in the report were “factually incorrect”.
HT had reported on April 13 that the Millennium City was set for a catastrophic water and sewage system collapse by 2021 as claimed in a CSE report ‘Excreta Matters’ that said the city would “drown in its own excreta”.
Reacting to the report, Huda chief engineer from Panchkula said the CSE report was “not based on facts”.
While he agreed that the city's population will touch 3.7 million in 2021, he didn’t agree with CSE's water requirement and availability projections. The CSE report had said that water requirement in 2021 will touch 666 million litres per day (MLD) while generation will be only 573 MLD. Huda has projected the requirement at 375 cusec (918.75 MLD) and claims it will be able to generate the same amount of water. Huda arrived at the figure according to standard norms of 150 litre as per person's per day requirement.
The authority claimed it will meet the water requirement of the city through its two dedicated canals — Gurgaon Water Supply Channel (175 cusec) and NCR canal (200 cusec). It said the the latter's “capacity to carry water can be upgraded as per requirement”.
Another startling projection in the CSE report was that the city will generate 533 million litres of sewage by 2021, but its capacity to treat waste water will fall short at 255 MLD. Huda has called this “incorrect”.
“At present, three STPs (sewage treatment plants) are treating 150 MLD sewage and two STPs of 220 MLD total capacity are under-construction. Once functional by December 2013, it will increase the total sewerage treatment capacity by 370 MLD,” the Huda engineer said, adding that two STPs at Behrampur and Sector-107 are also proposed.