Residents of parched Old Gurgaon areas can expect an end to their water woes, as the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) on Tuesday agreed to supply water from its canal.
The matter was discussed in a meeting between the officials of Huda and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) chaired by the commissioner of the civic body, Sudhir Rajpal.
The Huda officials in principal agreed to provide water supply connections to areas such as Laxman Vihar, Harsaru, Rajendra Park and others.
The councillors and residents have been demanding canal water supply from the corporation for long as people living in these areas were compelled to drink water drawn from borewells.
“Huda has agreed to provide water connections and the water woes in these areas would soon end,” said BS Singroha, chief engineer, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon.
The civic body has already laid pipelines in many areas and had been pursuing the matter with the Hdua for the past few months.
Pipelines have already been laid in Rajendra Park and some areas of Laxman Vihar, while the work is in full swing in other parts of the city.
In House meeting on Monday, the councillors raised the issue of water supply in unauthorized colonies in the city and demanded assurances from the MCG commissioner and Huda administrator.
The councillors also passed a resolution in this regard.
The resolution drew attention of the officials towards the nearly nine lakh people living in unauthorized colonies.
These people solely depend on borewells for their water needs and are compelled to use untreated water for drinking.
These colonies were settled about 20 years ago and lack basic amenities like water, sewage system and proper roads.
The councillors said if these people have the power to elect councillors, MLAs and MPs; then they are entitled for basic amenities.
"The corporation should immediately start laying water pipelines to supply canal water to these colonies," said Rishi Raj Rana, councillor from Ward 1. He said the people were angry and could take to streets any time.
Mahesh Dayma, another councillor, added, "To add insult to injury, the district administration sealed borewells in these areas. Now, from where will these people get water?"