Come April 15, nearly two lakh residents under Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in Panchkula will get their long-due share of 6 million gallon daily (MGD) of water, that is 2.5 crore litres of water, for their domestic use per day
The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has completed work of laying supply lines, which began three years ago, and only power connection is left. The authorities are hopeful that they will get the power supply within next 10 days and water supply will start from April 15.
According to the agreement between, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh in early 80's, it was decided that Haryana will get 6 MGD of water from Kajauli Water Works. While Chandigarh and Punjab is already getting its share, Haryana will get it now.
Three years ago, HUDA deposited Rs 40 crore to the Chandigarh MC to lay supply pipes and now it has been completed.
Further, in order to maintain the gap, the civic body has installed 30 tubewells in various parts of the city, from where they are getting nearly 10 MGD water.
Executive engineer Sham Lal, who is dealing with the project said, the project has been completed and only power connection is left to supply water to HUDA.
"We are hopeful that we will get it in the next 10 days and supply will start from April 15. Also to maintain the gap, we have already installed 30 tubewells, which are already commissioned," he added.
At present, Chandigarh gets 850 MGD water as against a demand of 116 MGD.
The supply includes 80 MGD from Kajauli Water Works and another 25 MGD from tubewells. Of the Kajauli supply, 10 MGD goes to SAS Nagar and another 4 MGD to Military Engineers Services (MES) in Chandimandir and now 6 MGD will go to HUDA.
This means only 66% of the water demand in Chandigarh is met at present.
Kajauli waterworks: 80 MGD
Tubewells: 25 MGD
SAS Nagar: 10 MGD
MES: 4 MGD
HUDA- 6 MGD
The Kajauli waterworks are located on the Bhakra mainline canal near Morinda in Rupanagar district from where water requirement of Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Chandimandir is met. From four phases, 20 MGD water is pumped to Chandigarh and it is further distributed to SAS Nagar and Chandimandir.