The Millennium City is reeling under an unprecedented water crisis. On Thursday, many irate residents converged at the Sector 16 water boosting centre to register their complaints. Their anger was quite palpable.
According to the residents, the present crisis has been fuelled by the lackadaisical attitude of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda). They allege the civic body has not taken adequate steps to augment water supply ahead of the summer. The main problem, residents say, are the outdated pipelines used for water distribution.
Huda claims to have been supplying 43 MGD (million gallons per day) water from its Basai water treatment plant daily but the water doesn't seems to reach households on a regular basis.
Areas such as Ardee City, DLF, Essel Tower, Sushant Lok-1 and Palam Vihar have been experiencing acute water shortage over the past two to three weeks, despite the tall claims made by Huda officials.
"There is no fault in the water distribution system. There is a shortage in supply of raw water from the irrigation department," said Naresh Pawar, executive engineer, Huda, adding that water supply is regular from both boosting stations at Sector 16 and Sector 51.
But, a reality check on Thursday didn't seem to corroborate his claims.
The underground reservoir with a capacity of 25 lakh kiloliter at Sector 16 boosting station was found nearly empty and all the five pumps were closed till 5pm.
"This reservoir does not get enough water and that is why water distribution is erratic," said an official, adding that the water lever at the reservoir should be two-meter-high to run the pumps at any given time.
As a result, as residents have claimed, DLF has not received even a single drop of canal water on Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, the supply was very low.
Similarly, Sushant Lok and Essel Tower did not get water on Wednesday and pressure was very low on Thursday and Friday.
In Ardee City and Palam Vihar, the situation was more or less similar compelling residents to exchange heated words with the developers and Huda officials.
"We spend nearly four hours daily at the Sector 16 boosting station for water just to evade residents' ire who are recklessly calling us," said Anil Sharma, general secretary of residents' welfare association (RWA) Sushant Lok-1.
"We hold DLF responsible for the water crisis, not the Huda, as distribution is in DLF's hand directly and we will stage a protest against the developer on Friday morning," said Kavita Munjal, a resident of DLF Phase III.
In Essel Tower too, residents compelled the developer to ensure power back-up in the colony to ensure uninterrupted water supply from the local boosting station.
"The developer ensured this by installing 1000 kv gen set immediately to keep canal or bore well water supply continue and uninterrupted. Why should we suffer at cost of developer and HUDA? We are entitled to get water and power supply round the clock," said Rajiv Lamba, president of the RWA, Essel Tower.