Water crisis follows power cuts in upscale Gurgaon localities

  • Leena Dhankhar, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: May 24, 2016 01:57 IST
Residents of DLF City Phase 1 Block E carry water from a tanker. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Thousands of residents in the city’s upscale localities are facing a water crisis in the sweltering heat. The water scarcity is acute in new Gurgaon localities such as DLF City (phases 1-4), South City 2, and Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) localities including sectors 45, 50, 51 and Chakkarpur area.

DLF City phase 1 residents say they have not received water since Saturday evening. This is despite the fact that the upscale locality is directly connected to the water treatment plant at Basai run by the Huda.

Residents said they spoke to the Huda administrator about the crisis but the urban authority is laying the blame on Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam’s (DHVBN) erratic power supply.

“We are worst hit by the water crisis. This has happened just because of the failure in planning,” Santosh Dhiman of a DLF City Phase 1 said.

With insufficient and sporadic water supply, residents are increasingly depending on tankers.

A DLF official said that the water shortage has affected all DLF phases. “Tankers are supplying water to residents. We are dependent on the Huda water supply and there is some electricity issue because of which no water is supplied from Basai water treatment plant,” the official said.

Kusum Sharma of DLF City Phase 2 said, “For the last three days, we are not getting water. We booked tankers but could not move out of the house till the water tanker arrived six hours later.”

Residents buy drinking water, but they cannot use it for other essential purposes such as bathing, washing and other household needs. Some people, who have rented houses in these parts of the city, are considering moving to areas with better water supply.

“My tenants are considering vacating the house because of the water shortage in summer. They have a small child and cannot cope without water,” Sangeeta Kumar of DLF Phase 2 said.

The residents from Chakkarpur village staged demonstration on Monday before meeting the deputy commissioner and submitting a memorandum demanding water supply in their area.

President of DLF Qutab Enclave RWA R S Rathee said, “We had a meeting with the deputy commissioner (DC), Huda administrator and superintending engineer, and superintending engineer electricity. There is no coordination between the Huda and DHBVN officials.”

“Earlier, we had got permission to extract water from tube wells in case of an emergency. Neither has the DLF done anything about it nor has the DC asked them to do the needful. We have requested the DC to take up the matter with DLF and clean some tube wells so that the acute water shortage can be mitigated up to a level,” Rathee said

Gurgaon deputy commissioner TL Satyaprakash, however, said that he cannot permit to revive defunct tube wells in DLF City at the moment.

The Huda has written to the DHVBN asking for continuous power supply to the water treatment plant.

Case studies

Priti Podder, DLF City Phase 1 Block R

Priti Podder. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

Priti Podder, 54, who has been on dialysis for the last eight years, says she has to depend on water tankers provided by the area councillor to meet household needs these days.

She has not been able to sleep properly in the last three days because of frequent power cuts.

“I had to leave for my dialysis today (Monday), but cancelled my appointment because there was no water or power in the house. I was so frustrated that I wrote mails to the Huda administrator, MCG commissioner and other officials. I also spoke to the DHVBN officials but all officials are passing the buck,” Priti said.

She feels the officials should try to look for permanent solutions to the problem rather than blaming each other.

“I am not keeping well and cannot run after water tankers or keep waiting for the tanker water supply. How will we survive if things remain the same in the coming days?” Priti said.

Aarti Sharma, DLF City Phase 1

Aarti, 49, moved to Gurgaon 11 years back with the hope of a better life in the city as compared to Delhi. She says the builder had given her promises about the best infrastructure.

“We are totally dependent on DLF for water supply. The power supply has been erratic and every five minutes the light goes off. We are planning to return to Delhi as soon as possible and if the situation remains the same, many residents will sell their apartments,” Aarti says.

The other day I was talking to my friend in Mumbai and she was complaining that they are getting water supply for only five hours. In Gurgaon, we never get water for more than 1.5 hours in 24 hours.

Aarti says providing the bare minimum water to meet the basic needs seems to be a challenge for the authorities now.

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