The head of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram has directed officials of the civic body to draw an integrated action plan to save residents of the city from water shortage this summer.
Several areas of the city reel under an acute water crisis and residents have to depend on water tankers for their daily needs when temperature soars above 45 degree Celsius.
V Umashankar, the MCG commissioner, met officials responsible for water supply in the city on Tuesday and asked them about the robustness of the city’s supply system.
The officials in turn informed Umashankar that during scarcity water is usually supplied through tankers in affected areas.
Not satisfied with the present system, Umashankar asked the officials to draw a plan to revamp the supply system and submit it to him at the earliest. He also sought action in checking waterlogging that plagued the city in July and August leading to massive traffic jams.
Gurgaon requires about 82 million gallons water per day (mgd) of which about 70 mgd is supplied by Gurgaon water supply canal (GWSC). The GWSC is fed with water from the Jhajjar sub-branch of the western Yamuna canal.
Apart from the GWSC, the city also receives water from the NCR channel.
The NCR channel supplies about 30 cusec water to Chandu Budhera water treatment plant, while the GWSC supplies about 100 cusec to Basai water treatment plant.
Officials said every year during summers, residential areas including the DLF phases, Golf Course Road, Sohna Road, South City, sectors 21, 22, 23, 4, 5, 7, 9, 9A, 10, 12, 14, and 15 and Palam Vihar suffer from severe water shortage.
The MCG commissioner on Tuesday asked officials to prepare a system for supplying canal water in maximum number of areas.
Umashankar also emphasized that canal water should also be supplied to areas which are dependent on tube tube wells of Haryana urban development authority. HUDA officials claim that water shortage persists in areas that get supply from Chandu Budhera water treatment plant, which often suffers from power fluctuations.
“Water supply from tube wells automatically reduces as ground water depletes. Therefore, supply through integrated canal system is a better idea keeping in view the water situation in the future,” Umashankar said, while stressing for an integrated plan for HUDA sector and MCG areas.
The digging of tube wells was banned in Gurgaon in 2001. As per Central groundwater authority estimates, there are about 11,000 registered tube wells in Gurgaon and as many as 30,000 illegal tube wells that tap into the ground water.