Residents in north Gurgaon will have to grapple with acute water shortage on Tuesday, as normal supply is expected to be restored on Wednesday morning.
Those settled in the south sectors are not likely to be affected as much by the crisis, as they source their water from the Basai water treatment plant.
On Monday, residents across the city had to bear the brunt of an acute supply shortfall as the Chandu Budhera water treatment plant did not release enough water between 8 am and 8 pm.
Among the areas that were badly hit were sectors 51, 42, 44, 45, 55, 56, 57, Sushant Lok Phase 3 and residential apartments on Sohna Road that get direct water supply from the Sector 51 Huda boosting station. The station draws its supply from the Chandu Budhera water treatment plant.
Water supply from the plant was stopped due to the shifting of pipelines to facilitate the construction of underpasses at Rajiv Chowk, Iffco Chowk and Hero Honda Chowk and also for running repairs on a Huda water pipeline that burst in Sector 5. Officials said the disruption in supply is likely to persist till Wednesday.
With the supply hit due to the shifting of utilities and repairs, the residents had to arrange private water tankers to meet their requirements.
“After learning that water supply would be disrupted on Sunday, I had filled my overhead and underground tanks using a motor pump. However, even the regular water supply is woefully inadequate to meet the requirements of my family and relatives. The supply ran out within hours this morning. I had no choice but to call a private water tanker operator to fill my tanks. It cost me ₹1,200,” Zohra Alam, a resident of Sector 42, said.
In many areas, the residents couldn’t fill their tanks despite getting water on Monday morning, as the pressure was low.
“On days when supply is disrupted or restricted, the water barely reaches residents living on the ground and first floors. I live on the fourth floor. Even after the pump ran for nearly an hour, only about one-fourth of my overhead tank could be filled,” Santosh Khyalia, a resident of Sector 56, said.
Though water was available in some areas on Monday, the residents could not run their motor pumps owing to a power outage. They are faced with a supply shortfall till Wednesday.
“Power outages for 6-7 hours is a regular feature in the locality during peak summer months. I was hopeful of normal water supply being restored today, but it wasn’t to be. Unless we haggle with the private tanker operators and arrive at a negotiated price for supply till Wednesday, we will have to survive on a half empty tank,” Ashish Kadiyan, a resident of Sushant Lok Phase 3, said.
“Welding of pipelines is expected to be completed by Tuesday morning. By Wednesday morning, normal supply will be restored,” a senior MCG official said.