By January next year, the perennial water crisis in New Gurgaon high-rises may finally come to an end.
Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) administrator Praveen Kumar laid the foundation stone of a 11.5-km long water pipeline project at Umang Bhardwaj Chowk in Old Gurgaon on Friday.
The pipeline will connect the water treatment plant at Basai village to the Sector-51 water boosting station. Sectors 44 to 57, DLF Phase-V, Vatika City, Ardee City, Sushant Lok and South City will benefit from this project.
These areas fall in Division-3 of Huda where the water situation is grave at present. These localities are dependent on tubewells for their daily water needs, as they do not get canal water supplied by Huda.
The Rs23-crore project, awarded to Tirupati Construction Private Limited, is scheduled to be completed in ten months.
“By January next year, this line should be operational and any delay would amount to scrapping of the contract and penalising the contractor,” said Kumar, while laying the foundation stone.
Once ready, the project will cater to the needs of about 7 lakh residents of the city.
The Basai plant is currently supplying 43MGD (million gallons daily) water to many areas of the city against its total water treating capacity of 60MGD. The new pipeline is said to be of 22MGD capacity. Residents, on the other hand, are skeptical. “Huda is not even supplying 43MGD water and this is why we have been protesting every summer. I doubt whether there will be additional 22MGD water supply from next year,” said Raman Sharma, a resident.