After a week of severe water shortage, the Haryana Urban Development Authority released about 50 million gallons per day (MGD) water from its two treatment plants on Tuesday, hinting that the situation may be back to normal soon. Gurgaon requires 70 MGD everyday.
The city has been reeling under a water crisis since February 21 when protesters demanding reservations for Jats stopped the supply to the Gurgaon and NCR water channels. Resumption of the supply was delayed as the Gurgaon water channel was damaged near Jhajjar while the carrying capacity of NCR channel was reduced due to silt and growth of grass.
The engineering wing of the Huda gave a status report to the authority’s administrator that the water supply was improving gradually. The raw water supply from the two water channels improved over the last two days, the report said.
The irrigation department has been using two machines to clean the channels and the Huda has arranged for an additional machine as the process is time consuming.
The Gurgaon water channel supplied about 50 MGD raw water while the NCR channel supplied about 16 MGD to the two water treatment plants at Basai and Chandu Budhera on Tuesday.
According to a Huda official, 35.82 MGD water was released from Basai water treatment plant while 14.29 MGD was released from Chandu Budhera.
Meanwhile, the situation is still grim in DLF phases 1,2 and 3 as these areas received only 10 % of normal supply on Tuesday. Water is being supplied to residents through tankers but officials admitted that these could not replace supply through the pipeline.
While the shortage continued in certain areas, the overall situation has improved as the Huda received only 15 complaints on Tuesday compared to 39 on Monday. The Huda control room, which was working round the clock for the past one week, received about 200 complaints daily prior to Monday.
Jaya Devi, the officer in-charge of the control room, said that maximum number of complaints were coming from sectors 21, 22 and 23 in Old Gurgaon, and sectors 39 and 40 across the expressway. “Five people are working in the control room round the clock and every complaint lodged is forwarded to officials for appropriate action,” Jaya said.
As per the protocol, the complaints are forwarded to the respective junior engineers of the sectors, who arrange for tankers to provide water.
Huda administrator Hardeep Singh said all efforts were being made to ensure that water was available to the residents. “We are trying to improve the situation but people should use water judiciously and ensure that every drop counts,” he said.