Flooding of Huda’s treatment plant hits water supply in Gurgaon
Raw water seeped into the Chandu Budhera water treatment plant on Wednesday forcing the Huda to shut it downgurgaon Updated: Jun 22, 2017 23:01 IST
The city grappled with a supply shortfall of potable water on Thursday and the crisis is likely to persist for another couple of days due to the flooding of the Chandu Budhera water treatment plant.
One of the two water treatment plants run by the Haryana urban development authority (Huda), the other being the Basai plant, the Chandu Budhera facility is critical to meeting the city’s daily requirement.
The flooding forced the Huda to shut down the Chandu Budhera plant late on Wednesday night, affecting supply of 20 MGD (million gallons daily) from Thursday morning.
The onus is on Huda to ensure potable water from its two treatment plants reaches every household in the city. The Basai plant is situated close to the Chandu Budhera unit. The Huda normally supplies 50 to 55 MGD treated water from Basai and roughly another 15 MGD from the Chandu Budhera plant.
Yashpal Yadav, administrator, Huda, said, “Excess raw water of the NCR canal entered the Chandu plant premises flooding the water tanks and areas where motor pumps are installed. We are currently in the process of pumping out excess water. Our engineers and technicians are also repairing the motors. While we could not supply treated water from this plant on Thursday morning, we expect normal supply to be restored by the evening.”
“I have sought a report from the engineering wing on how excess raw water accumulated in the plant premises. We have, however, controlled the damage and it would not affect supply,” the Huda administrator said after inspecting the plant. He said there’s enough water in store to manage the crisis.
The Huda engineers rushed to the plant to pump out accumulated water on the premises, spread across five acres, and flooding of the sensitive areas where three tanks and motor pumps to supply treated water are installed.
“We have a system to manage flooding of our premises. There are motors to pump out raw water in case tanks are filled up to the mark. I have to check if there has been any negligence on the part of officials and the operator and will take action accordingly,” said the administrator, as he ruled out the possibility of the flooding being caused by the release of excess water by the Haryana irrigation department. The department is the custodian of the NCR channel.
The Chandu plant gets raw water from River Yamuna through the 71km NCR channel, which is connected to the Kakroi plant.
SS Rawat, superintending engineer, Irrigation department, Haryana, said, “We did not release excess water into NCR channel at all. We release water as per Huda requirement only.”
Meanwhile, the city reported slight decrease the demand for potable water over the last couple of days.
JS Dabar, a resident of Sector 31, said, “The supply on Thursday lasted less than half-an-hour. We are not aware o the problem that the Chandu plant has run into.”
NCR channel and Chandu Plant
NCR Channel originates from Kakroi village in Sonepat district from where Yamuna water is supplied to Gurgaon and Delhi. The channel terminates at Chandu plant in Gurgaon after covering 71km. It was commissioned in 2012 and was built at a cost of ₹322 crore. It was developed jointly by the Huda, Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and the state irrigation department. The channel can hold 800 cusecs of water.
The Chandu Budhera plant was built by the Huda with a view to catering to the need of the city and new sectors — 58-115 — that were proposed to be developed SPR and NPR.
The Chandu Budhera plant is located on the outskirts of Gurgaon, close to the Northern Peripheral Road (NPR). The plant is supposed to augment its supply to 132 MGD in the future.