The local authorities continue to waste potable water for irrigating parks and green belts in the city, as an ambitious Rs 50-crore tertiary water project envisaged especially to address the issue has been delayed. Since there is no hope of the project getting completed before mid 2016, the wastage of water will continue at least for another year.
To save drinking water, Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) had started working on the project in September 2013. Executive engineer of HUDA, Preet Mohan, who is heading the project, said they were hopeful of starting the supply by mid2016. He said the work on laying the 113-km pipeline was underway and would be completed shortly.
“Initially, we had set mid 2015 as the deadline for completing the project. But it got delayed as laying the pipeline is a complex job and consumes a lot of time,” said Mohan.
As per the network, five boosting stations would be set up at different locations for supply of water to the parks. Besides, a new water treatment plant would be set up in Sector 20 which would treat water for making it fit for irrigating parks and green belts.
There is plant in Sector 20 to treat city’s sewage, which is then released into Ghaggar river.
During summers, residents face acute water shortage with those residing on first and second floors and peripheral villages the worst affected. The basic requirement of the city is 24 MGD (millions of gallons per day) which goes up to 28 MGD in summers.
Citizen Welfare Association president SK Nayar said a lot of drinking water is being wasted for irrigating parks. “The authorities should expedite the project so that water being used for watering parks can be used for domestic purposes,” he said.
The city would get additional 6 million gallons water every day soon.
According to an agreement among Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh in early 80's, it was decided that Haryana will get 6 MGD of water from Kajauli Water Works.
Chandigarh and Punjab are already getting their share and Haryana will get it now.