On a rain affected day, when half of Gurgaon was waterlogged, the water supply in different parts of the city remained affected as the supply from Haryana Urban Development Authority’s (Huda) water treatment plants at Basai and Chandu Budhera resumed slowly.
Though Basai water treatment plant started operation on Monday, the overall supply will normalise only by Tuesday morning, as the plants needs at least 12 hours to ensure that water reaches the tail end. The Basai plant could not operate on Sunday because of a leakage in the master pipeline near Basai on Saturday.
On Monday, there was water shortage in the DLF phases, Golf Course Road, Sohna Road, South City, sectors 21, 22, 23, 4,5,7, 9,9A , 10, 12, 14, and 15 and Palam Vihar.
The Huda said that though the Basai plant will function normally from Tuesday morning, the shortage may persist in areas that get supply from Chandu Budhera.
Huda executive engineer Bhoop Singh said that the rupture in the master pipeline at Basai was repaired on Sunday evening. “The leakage was repaired yesterday (Sunday) itself and the supply will normalise by Tuesday,” Singh said. Water from this plant was supplied to different parts of the city intermittently, he said.
The Chandu Budhera plant is not releasing the normal amount of water as there is an electrical fault at the plant. The problem continued on Monday too as power supply to the plant was snapped at least four times in the day, leading to a shutdown.
Singh said that the circuit tripped at Chandu Budhera between 3am and 9am and 12pm and 3pm. “We need at least 12 hours of uninterrupted water supply at the plants to ensure that the supply can be normalised in the city. These plants are located in the low lying areas of the city and unless adequate pressure is built, normal supply is not possible,” Singh said.
Power outages at the two plants have been a recurring problem throughout the summer and the problems were compounded on Saturday after electric wires snapped at some locations.
Singh said that the pant has five heavy motors, which function normally when the power supply is adequate. However, when the voltage is low, the circuit trips. “We are also planning to set up independent sub-stations for power supply to get rid of frequent power problems,” Singh said.