Most rainwater harvesting structures in the city are lying incomplete though monsoon is barely a few days away and just a day’s shower has sent the city’s drainage system for a toss.
To add to the irony of the situation, officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) claimed the structures will still take four months to be ready, by when monsoon will long be over and all the rain water would have gone down the drain.
According to a status report on rainwater harvesting (RWH) structures prepared by Haryana Urban Development Authority in early April, much of the work which should have been completed before the onset of rains was still pending.
The reason given for delay in construction of 75 rainwater harvesting structures was the shortage of cement in the Huda reserve stock.
Now, they will be completed only by the end of August. The rainwater harvesting structures are being constructed at a cost of Rs 94.6 lakh along master roads between Sectors 27/28, 27/43, 53/56, 42/54, the service road of MG Road and outer road of Sector 26/26A.
Work on another 21 rainwater harvesting wells at the cost of R26.3 lakh along master roads between Sectors 43/53 and MG Road to Sector 56/57 will take at least four months as the project is yet to be allotted.
In Sectors 4 and 7, the agency which has been allotted the work to build 31 rainwater harvesting structures is reportedly delaying the construction and Huda has been pursuing it to complete it at the earliest.
Residents rued that apart from the ones that are yet to be constructed, those already in place are non-functional.
“The rainwater harvesting systems in different parts of the city are not maintained. As a result, most of them become defunct by the time monsoon starts and are of no use in recycling water.
“They also lead to waterlogging in many areas where the pits are choked and not cleaned before the rains,” said Bhupendra Yadav, president, Sector 40 residents’ welfare association.