In a major relief to those residing in the union territory, the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has agreed to supply 40 million gallons per day (mgd) water to Chandigarh from Kajauli waterworks (phase-5 and phase-6).
The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh will have to bear the cost of the project amounting to nearly Rs 100 crore. The city will get 40 million gallon per day water in 18 months.
At present, Chandigarh gets 87 million gallon per day against a demand of 116 mgd. The civic body has recently decided to install 45 tubewells to plug the gap between demand and supply.
As many as 40 tubewells release 3.5 million gallon per day water.
The water shortage will increase to 41 million gallon per day by the end of the year as 9 mgd canal water – 6 mgd to Panchkula and 3 mgd to Chandimandir –presently being used by Chandigarh will be withdrawn by the actual stakeholders.
In 2011-12, the UT administration got the project approved under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) for supplying 40 MGD water from phase-5 and phase-6, costing around Rs 196 crore.
GMADA then refused to allow the use of land which is in Punjab, and took over the project from Chandigarh.
GMADA proposed to supply 80 mgd water for SAS Nagar, Kharar and Zirakpur by laying 2,200-mm pipe.
It started the work around 18 months back and will be completing the project in March next year.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh said, “GMADA has agreed to give us 40 mgd water and the file is lying with the Punjab government for final approval. We will bear the cost of around Rs 100 crore.”
As per the proposal, GMADA will be laying water pipes till Jhandpur village in Kharar. Thereafter, Chandigarh MC will have to make own arrangements for pumping and supplying water from Kharar to the city for which it will have to construct a big reservoir at Kharar.
A senior MC official said GMADA initially refused to supply water to Chandigarh but agreed to do so at a later stage, which will affect the recurring cost of supplying water to the Chandigarh with double pumping. Had it considered the proposal for supplying water direct from Kajauli to Chandigarh initially, the MC could have saved several crores of rupees.
The Kajauli waterworks are located on the Bhakra mainline canal near Morinda in Ropar district, from where water requirement of Chandigarh, Mohali and Chandimandir are met.
From each phase, 20 MGD water is pumped to Chandigarh, from where it is further distributed to Mohali and Chandimandir. The first phase of the water was commissioned in 1983 and phase 4 was commissioned in 2006. The expenditure of all four phases was incurred by the Chandigarh administration.