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City tanks up as dry run continues

india Updated: Jan 10, 2012 01:09 IST
Divya Sethi
Divya Sethi
Hindustan Times
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The Millennium City may be an emerging global destination but residents have to fend for themselves even for basic amenities like water.

City residents even from posh colonies are forced to shell out huge amounts for power back-up, water tankers and private security.

New Gurgaon townships, particularly the ones promoted by developers, are still deprived of adequate water supply from the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and have to rely on groundwater supply.

Localities such as DLF City, Sushant Lok and Palam Vihar hardly get water supply for one hour a day and 90% hi-rise residential complexes have their own borewell supply.

Water supply in some pockets is so erratic that residents are compelled to depend on private water tankers that costs them anywhere between R500 and 700 per day.

The National Capital Region (NCR) water channel, with a capacity of 800 cusecs, was touted as a solution to the water crisis but the project is yet to become operational due to some technical delays. The administration has spent nearly R322 crore on the construction of the project formulated in 2008.

As of now, the city gets 25 Million Gallons Per Day (MGD) through borewell supply and nearly 40 MGD through the Western Yamuna Canal.

While the total supply is 65 MGD, the city's demand is at its peak at 85 MGD, thereby implying a shortage of 20 MGD water.

In order to conserve groundwater and cater to the increasing water demand, a rainwater harvesting project was initiated but on that front too, the administration could not yield desired results.

The district administration had also planned to construct a lake in Sector 72 to help restore the groundwater level but all proposals move at snail's pace and city residents are left to suffer.

Kangan Aggarwal, a resident of DLF City said, “Water should be supplied for at least three hours a day so that we can stock up for the entire day. Sometimes I think we made a wrong decision by purchasing an independent villa as people residing in apartments are getting 24-hour water supply. I have to plan my day by keeping the water supply in mind.”