Residents of SAS Nagar district will have to face the water crisis at least for another two years as the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is yet to acquire land for water treatment plant.
The ongoing work of laying the waterpipes for additional 80 Million Gallon Daily (MGD) has been stopped due to nonpayment of Rs 8 crore to the contractor.
On the other hand, SAS Nagar is reeling under acute water shortage for the past several years. The gap between demand and supply of water in the district is 12 MGD daily.
The pipe-laying work was allotted to Mumbai-based Well Spun Company in May 2012 at a cost of Rs 156 crore. The company was to complete the work of laying the pipes, set up of filtration plant and pump houses by August 2014. The work will take another two years as GMADA has not acquired the land for water treatment plant and also has not yet received clearances from forest and railway departments for laying the waterpipes.
It is learnt that GMADA owes around Rs 8 crore to the company and the latter has stopped the work.
Sub-divisional engineer of GMADA, Varun Garg, said the delay in laying of water pipes was caused as the forest and railway departments were yet to give the clearance. “As far as acquisition of land for water treatment plant is concerned, we are yet to acquire it. I have joined recently and do not have much knowledge about the project,” he said.
MC councillor Kuljeet Singh Bedi, who had filed a case in Punjab and Haryana High court regarding shortage of water in SAS Nagar, said, “It is very sad that public is suffering for years and it is insensitive on the part of the administration that it is in no hurry to start the project.”
SHORTAGE IN SAS NAGAR
At present SAS Nagar is short of 12 MGD water. The district gets 10 MGD water from Kajauli waterworks and 4 MGD from tubewells.
The Kajauli waterworks is located on the Bhakra mainline canal near Morinda in Ropar district from where water requirements of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Chandimandir are met.