Water supply is likely to be affected in parts of Gurgaon, particularly at the tail end of supply lines, as the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) has decided to shut the water treatment plant at Chandu Budhera for maintenance work.
The Chandu Budhera plant supplies 22 million gallons of water daily to the Sector 51 boosting station and caters to around three lakh people.
The authority will also carry out repairs in master pipelines and sector pipes wherever there are reports of leakages, in order to ensure that the whole supply system is ready by the time summer starts.
The demand for water increases considerably during summer and last season, several parts of Gurgaon faced shortages, which the authority does not want to repeat.
The areas that are likely to be affected on Friday include parts of DLF, sectors 45, 46,47, 51, 52,53, 55, 56, 57, sectors 58 to 67, and private colonies in sectors 70 and 71.
The plant will remain closed for 24 hours from 8am on March 3.
Huda officials said this is a temporary but much-needed measure to upgrade water supply infrastructure and that the authority does not want to take any chances with regard to supply.
“A number of master pipelines and other lines need to be repaired and that is why the treatment plant at Chandu Budhera would be shut for a day. Households can store extra water for the day. As soon as the repair work ends, the supply will be normalised,” said Bhoop Singh, executive engineer, division 3.
The engineering wing has already created a detailed plan for repair and there will be a special focus on mending water pipelines of Sector 51 boosting station, which supplies water to a large part of new Gurgaon.
Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav said several steps have been taken to ensure that water supply remains normal during the coming summers. “Old pipes will be replaced wherever found and leakages will be plugged. The idea is to prepare for summer now, so that residents don’t face problems,” he said.