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Check illegal supply of potable water from Gurgaon boosting stations, DC tells Huda

Water has been in short supply in Gurgaon for the past two months. The residents, meanwhile, say that private tanker operators across the city seem to have plentiful supply.

gurgaon Updated: May 25, 2017 22:41 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Water Mafia
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has been to install CCTV cameras at water boosting stations and at Basai water plant (above) to prevent any diversion of drinking water. (HT Photo)

With summer at its peak and parts of Gurgaon reeling under water shortage, the district administration has asked officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) to install CCTV cameras at water boosting stations to prevent any diversion of drinking water.

Water has been in short supply in Gurgaon for the past two months. The residents, meanwhile, say that private tanker operators across the city seem to have plentiful supply.

“The CCTV cameras will be installed soon. The purpose of CCTV cameras is to closely monitor water supply from the plants. We received complaints from residents about the sale of water from plants illegally. We have to fix the problem,” said Deputy Commissioner (DC) Gurgaon Hardeep Singh on Wednesday. He said Huda and MCG officials are on the job.

The DC said he received complaints from various sources such as residents’ welfare associations and individuals about the siphoning of water from boosting stations. Hence, he decided to take up the problem with Huda.

The complaints of sale of raw and treated water from the plant and other boosting stations were found to be genuine by the district administration.

“The complaints were found to be true after inquiry. We have to install CCTV cameras urgently at all boosting stations,” the DC said.

The Huda is the custodian authority of the water treatment plant in Basai. From the Basai plant, the Huda supplies treated water to the boosting stations in Sector 16 and Sector 51. And from these two stations, the water is distributed to the whole city. The distribution of treated water to Huda sectors and municipal areas is being done by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG).

Subhash Piplani, a resident of Sector 10, said, “Huda cannot sell treated water to private tankers from the plant for commercial use. For drinking purposes, one can purchase treated water but only after seeking a written permission from the JE and SDO.”

“The water mafia works in connivance with officials. They supply treated water to construction sites and also sell it for drinking purposes to residents at a higher rate in summer. That is not allowed and this leads to a water shortage.”

Huda superintending engineer (SE) Naresh Pawar said, “We will install CCTV cameras soon at boosting stations to check this practise.”

Baljit Rathee, a resident of DLF Phase-I, “Huda has failed to control the water supply system. That is the reason why the mafia is stronger in summer. We are purchasing water from private tankers for the past two months to meet our daily needs.”