The threat of water scarcity looms large over many areas in New Gurgaon areas this summer too, thanks to the negligence of the Haryana Urban Development Authority’s (Huda) engineering wing.
The engineering wing has not yet completed the water pipeline-laying work between the boosting station in Sector 16 and Rajiv Chowk.
Huda has already missed the previous deadlines of March 31 and April 30 to complete the pipeline-laying work, and is likely to miss the third deadline on May 15.
“A small patch of 200 metres is left. We will complete it in a week’s time. Due to underground sewerage lines, electric cables, telephone wires etc close to the 32nd Milestone, work has been delayed. We have solved the problem and are likely to start fresh construction work from Tuesday,” said SS Gulia, Huda junior engineer.
Meanwhile, the delay has come as a shock for the residents of several localities in New Gurgaon, who have been eagerly waiting for it to become operational from the last one-and-a-half month.
“The delay is an indication of a perennial water crisis,” said RP Singh, resident of DLF Phase-3, the area that has been facing acute water crisis for years.
The engineering wing has to install an additional motor at the boosting station to pump out water to the lines catering to new areas such as DLF, Sushant Lok, South City, Ardee City etc.
The completion of work would have provided sufficient water supply to several localities in New Gurgaon.
The Huda is supposed to pump out extra 5 to 6 mgd water for these localities in New Gurgaon.
Overall, these localities — connected with the boosting station in Sector 16 — face acute water crisis every summer unlike Old Gurgaon areas.
To augment water supply in these areas, Huda had in September 2012, planned to lay a 2-km water pipeline and install an additional motor of 500 HP at a boosting station.
“Our aim is to supply sufficient water this summer,” said S Piplani, sub-divisional officer (SDO), Huda.