The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is all set to take over the responsibility of water supply to Old Gurgaon areas from the public health department from April 1. The move will benefit about nine lakh people living within the MCG limits.
There has been a long-standing demand from residents of Old Gurgaon areas to entrust the task of supplying water to the civic body.
Huda is distributing water to New Gurgaon areas.
The civic body had submitted a proposal to the government more than year ago for taking over the water distribution. According to residents, the public health department never cared to maintain the supply mechanism properly. This, coupled with shortage, caused crisis-like situations every year.
A senior MCG engineer told Hindustan Times that 40 per cent of the water supplied is lost in transmit.
This is due to rusted pipelines and lack of maintenance.
“The cracks on the pipelines cause contamination of water. We are flooded with complaints that public health department has not been keen on redressing their grievances with regard to water supply,” said an MCG engineer.
According to the MCG, the decision on transfer was delayed due to the confusion over 126 employees of the public health department.
“The Haryana government is likely to give its nod to keep all the 126 officials with the MCG on deputation in the new system,” said BS Singroha, chief engineer, MCG.
The Haryana government had earlier refused to clear the takeover proposal. “Since the MCG has agreed to keep all the public health officials there isn’t any hitch now,” said a senior public health official.
P Raghvendra Rao, principal secretary-cum-financial commissioner, Haryana urban local bodies, said, “We have forwarded the list of 126 public health officials to Haryana finance department and we expect their nod soon.”