The Ganga water supply to trans-Hindon areas of Ghaziabad and Noida will remain suspended from 12am on October 10 till November 9 due to the annual desilting exercise of upper Ganga canal.
“Like every year, the Ganga water supply will be shut for 30 days as repair and cleaning work has to be carried out in the canal. Civic agencies of Noida and Ghaziabad have been asked to make alternate arrangements during the scheduled suspension,” said RK Agarwal, project in charge, Ganga water treatment plant at Pratap Vihar.
Agarwal said that every day, 56 million litres of Ganga water is supplied to Vasundhara zone, 17 million litres to Indirapuram and 48 million litres to Noida.
Civic officials in Noida said that the suspension of Ganga water will not result in any water related crisis in the city.
“Noida’s demand of water for 240 million litres a day can be conveniently fulfilled by supplying groundwater during the suspension period. This is done each time there is some disruption in supply of Ganga water from the upper Ganga canal in Haridwar,” said Hom Singh Yadav, chief maintenance engineer of Noida Authority.
Civic officials in Ghaziabad said alternate arrangements will be made to meet the demands of the city.
“There are 28 tube wells in the Vasundhara zone which are being cleaned by municipal workers now since groundwater will be supplied through them. Though there is a demand of 56 million litres per day in Vasundhara zone, we will only be able to supply 44 million litres of groundwater. Water will be supplied only once, from 7am to 10am,” said RK Yadav, executive engineer, water works department, Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation.
Meanwhile, in Indirapuram, water tankers will be sent to the affected localities by Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) to meet the requirement.
“Residential apartments get Ganga water mixed with groundwater as they have their private borings, other independent colonies that solely rely on Ganga water will be provided with water tankers once a day,” said Chakresh Jain, executive engineer, GDA.