Water supply dwindles, Gurgaon stares at dry days

  • Ipsita Pati and Abhishek Behl, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Feb 24, 2016 01:10 IST
Water tankers were pressed into service on Tuesday to deal with the crisis. (Abhinav Saha/HT Photo)

Several sectors under the Haryana Urban Development Authority, private developer townships and municipal areas in Old Gurgaon continued to face severe water shortage for the third consecutive day on Tuesday.

Water supply was hit by the Jat agitation that was called off on Sunday night.

Upscale DLF City areas in Gurgaon were the worst affected and more than 200 complaints regarding water shortage were registered with the authorities.

The city authorities said the shortage is a result of the damage caused to the Gurgaon water channel during the Jat agitation. According to the authorities, the situation will only normalise by Thursday when raw water supply reaches Basai plant.

On Tuesday, complaints regarding water shortage came in from DLF Phase I, II, and III, Sector 40, 30, 31, 28, Sector 15, Sector 14, Sector 22, 23, Sector 5, 7 Palam Vihar and most parts of Old Gurgaon. Residents of gated communities, who have their own borewells, have not been affected.

Residents also complained that officials were turning a deaf ear to their complaints. “I called up the SDO and requested a water tanker but he asked me to call the executive engineer, who did not answer his phone. There is no one to listen to our woes,” said Malkhan Singh, president of Sector 23A RWA. As a result of the sudden increase in demand, private tankers have also increased the price and are charging `900 to 1,000 for 2,000 litres of water, which used to cost `600 to 700 a week ago.

Residents of Sector 31 said they had to buy their own water on Tuesday as they had no other option. “The situation has really worsened. Sectors that do not have any storage capacity are the worst affected,” said KC Gupta of Sector 31.

In Sector 15, residents were irked by the attitude of the officials. “More than the shortage, it is the attitude of the Huda officials that has annoyed us. No one is offering a solution,” said Dinesh Agarwal, president of Sector 14 RWA.

To cope with the reduced supply, Pramila Sharma, a senior citizen in Sector 23, said she and others like her have stopped washing clothes and watering the garden. “We are retired people and it is difficult to keep complaining to the officials as nothing ever comes of it. We are using the stock judiciously,” she said.

Similarly, Harsh Jawadkar of Sector 28 said, “We have been judiciously using water for the past two days. I hope the supply is normalised soon.”

In DLF phase 1, which has not been supplied water since Monday morning, residents have incessantly complained to the DLF and Huda officials.

Aditya Sinha, a resident, said despite using water very economically, the residents are staring at dry days. “Fortunately, my wife and children are away. They don’t have to feel the brunt of the crisis. I have not taken a bath for two days now,” he said.

DLF officials admitted that there is a severe crisis which they are trying to resolve at the earliest. “We have spoken to Huda officials and pressed tankers into service to help people, but regular supply must be restored soon,” said a senior executive, DLF.

Joint commissioner MCG YS Gupta said, “We are rationing the supply to all areas and have pressed tankers into service from places we have received complaints.”

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