Even as parts of the city is reeling under a water crisis, the civic bodies have decided to supply 12 million gallons per day (MGD) extra water on Monday to ensure that there is uninterrupted water supply to celebrate Holi.
During last year’s Holi too, the civic bodies had supplied 8 MGD extra water, but, the supply fell short in parts of northwest Gurgaon where taps went dry by evening despite educational institutions and corporate offices being closed.
On Monday, officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority s(Huda) said they will release 102 MGD water on Monday. The civic body usually releases 90MGD water daily.
More water will be supplied despite de-silting work being carried out at the Basai water treatment plant and maintenance work at the Chandu Budhera plant. The two plants supply 70 MGD and 22 MGD respectively. Both these water treatment plants get supply from Yamuna and NCR channels located at Kakroi village in Sonepat, connected through a 70-km-long water channel that needs regular inspection and maintenance.
“As most of de-silting work at the Basai water plant has been completed, the water flow and quality has improved there. Hence, water supply has been increased to cope with the extra demand on Holi,” Naresh Pawar, superintending engineer (water supply), Huda, said.
The Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) has also undertaken measures and said its engineers have been deputed at the power boosting stations and water treatment plants to ensure electricity supply remains uninterrupted, and there is no disruption to water supply because of power snags.
Last week, the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram had issued public notices reminding people of the importance of low volume of water consumption on Holi.