Residents have voiced their misgivings over the Haryana urban development authority’s (Huda’s) move to cut water supply to enable shifting of the master water line at Hero Honda Chowk and Rajiv Chowk. The shifting of utilities on these sites was necessitated to facilitate work on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.
The Huda said it had to stop the supply of water owing to technical reasons, on Thursday.
While a flyover is in the works at Hero Honda Chowk, an underpass is being built at Rajiv Chowk. Both the installations are part of the proposed Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, which will split the city into two parts — north and south. The city’s two water treatment plants are stationed in the extreme north — Basai and Chandubudhera.The two plants supply roughly 52 - 55 MGD (million gallons a day) of water.
The areas badly hit by the Huda’s decision to stop water supply to enable shifting of utilities at Hero Honda Chowk and Rajiv Chowk include such upscale residential spaces as DLF phases 1-4, Sushant Lok, South City, Ardee City among others located to the south of the expressway. The master water pipelines passes through the expressway, straddling Hero Honda Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Signature Tower and Iffco Chowk and caters to the daily needs across private colonies and several Huda sectors.
Huda shut down the Basai plant early on Thursday, citing technical reasons, and promised to resume operations and restore normal supply in 24 hours.
“We will try to resume operations at the Basai plant by Thursday night itself. If not, the normal water supply would be restored by Friday morning,” Naresh Pawar, superintending engineer in charge of water supply, Huda, said.
A senior DLF executive said, “The construction of the flyover and underpass had been planned well in advance. The Huda should have kept us informed about the disruption in supply. That would have allowed the residents to prepare for the crisis.”
TN Kaul, a resident of Ardee City, said, “We’ve spoken to the local MLA, Rao Narbir about our plight. It would be tough to survive the water crisis even for a day. The Huda and the MCG must restore normal supply at the earliest.”
A group of residents met sitting Gurgaon MLA Umesh Aggarwal urging him to ask the Huda and the MCG to ensure uninterrupted water supply in summer.