Respite is in sight for the Millennium City that has been perennially in the throes of water crisis.
The Haryana government on Wednesday released 50 cusecs of water from the Yamuna to the NCR Water Canal. Gurgaon with a population of 20 lakh requires 82 mgd of water a day. The city currently gets about 43 mgd of canal water as rest of the demand is met by groundwater.
According to officials, in a couple months Gurgaon’s water demand would be substantially met when Chandu Bhudera water treatment plant attains full production potential. This plant is currently running on a trial basis for the past many days. Once fully operational, the plant would cater to the demand of localities such as DLF City, Sushant Lok and other Huda sectors.
The canal gains more significance after the Central Ground Water Authority slapped a ban on further groundwater extraction in the city.
The NCR Canal was aimed at meeting the water demand of 40 lakh population.
The 71-km canal with a capacity of 500 cusecs begins in Kakroi village in Sonepat district and ends at Chandu Budhera after passing through Rohtak and Jhajjar districts.
The NCR Water Canal was set up as an alternative to the Gurgaon Canal to augment the water supply to the city, which has been witnessing a steady rise in the population.
The freshly-released water would reach the Chandu Budhera water treatment plant on Thursday. The NCR Canal project was funded by Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC). The work on the canal was completed in February 2011. However, the water could not be released as the treatment plant was not ready.
According to a Huda official, Gurgaon will get additional water from November. “Since the plant is new, we would increase load on the capacity gradually. However, we hope in a couple of months the first unit can take its full capacity,” said Pankaj Kumra, chief engineer, Huda.
Kumra said the treated water would be supplied to crisis-prone areas. “For now, the water can be used only for non-drinking purposes. Once the treatment process is streamlined, the water will be fit for drinking,” he added.
According to the official, within two months quantum of the water released would be raised from 43 mgd to 65 mgd. However, the city would still be short of 17 mgd.