The drinking water supply crunch Chandigarh residents are going through at present is all set to aggravate in the coming months as the local Municipal Corporation would supply additional 3 Million Gallons Daily (MGD) to Military Engineers Services (MES) in Chandimandir and 6 MGD to Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) in Panchkula.
Interestingly, even as the civic body is virtually staring at a more acute water shortage as compared to availability in the future, it is allegedly not making attempts to bridge the gap. Acute shortage of water had forced MC to discontinue with afternoon supply to homes in June last, which till date has not been restored.
As against a demand of 116 MGD, the city is presently receiving 90 MGD. This includes 80 MGD from Kajauli water works and another 10 MGD from tube wells. Even out of Kajauli supply, 10 MGD goes to Mohali and another 3 MGD to MES. This means only 66% of the demand in Chandigarh is met at present.
Since MES would be given double their present supply (3MGD) in the next two months and 6 MGD to HUDA, the union territory would be left with only 68 MGD to cater to a populace of nearly 11 lakh. This means only 53% of the water requirement would be met after a few months.
Census data released recently put Chandigarh at the top spot in the country vis-à-vis availability of water for its residents. As many as 96.7% of households have access to tap water.
By 2016, water requirement was projected to climb to 130.17 MGD.
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