For the last two years, the residents of Sector 56 have not received a single drop of water through the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) pipelines. However, that hasn’t stopped the authority from issuing bills on a regular basis.
The 70 group housing societies in the sector are completely dependent on groundwater or private tankers for their daily water needs.
The societies have been receiving hefty water bills every quarter — and in some cases even on monthly basis.
“We don’t get even a drop of water from Huda but we are getting regular bills. Though we are not paying, we are scared that in the future, they could double the amount by asking for penalty,” said Tushar Warshnay, secretary, Sagar Apartments.
Even though residents have not been paying the bills, arrears are never added to the total amount. However, they fear that Huda may suddenly decide to collect the dues, which could run into lakhs.
Vinod Jain, secretary of Bankey Bihari Society, alleged that the water department has several times threatened to cancel their connection for not paying the bills.
Two months ago, the 50-flat society was compelled to pay a bill of R55,000 despite repeated pleas to Huda.
Similarly, residents of Srishti Apartments were once asked to foot a R2.75-lakh bill.
Add to that the growing concern over the deteriorating groundwater levels in the Millennium City.
Residents apprehend that even that resource might soon become out of bounds for them.
In the last 15 years, the water level of the area has come down by 70 metre. According to experts, the excessive extraction of water has also weakened soil in the area.
Naresh Pawar, executive engineer at the Huda water department, refused to comment on the matter.