City to get 20 cusecs more
Huda seeks 40 cusecs to tide over crisis; irrigation dept agrees to half, only after survey .india Updated: Jun 06, 2012 01:20 IST
As the residents continue to suffer amid an acute water crisis, the agencies, which are responsible for ensuring adequate water to the city, are fighting over the quantum of untreated water to be supplied to the Gurgaon Water Supply Canal (GWSC).
The canal is the primary source of water to the city.
On Tuesday, top officials of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) held a meeting with the state irrigation department officials at Delhi. The Huda had sought an additional supply of 40 cusecs — over the present supply of 80 cusecs to its Basai water treatment plant — to ease the ongoing crisis.
KK Jalan, financial commissioner-cum-principal secretary, irrigation department (Haryana), presided over the meeting attended by Huda administrator Praveen Kumar, Huda superintending engineer (SE) AK Gupta the state irrigation department SE Rajiv Verma, among others.
Verma allegedly created a fuss at the meeting by saying the department is already releasing 120-125 cusecs of water in the GWSC.
"The Huda claims they are getting 80 cusecs of water and my SE says 100 cusecs is already being supplied. We need to verify the truth," said Jalan, adding that he has asked Verma to submit a report by Friday.
The irrigation department, however, agreed to release an additional 20 cusecs of untreated water only to Gurgaon from Saturday only after carrying out a survey of the canal.
Jalan said the survey will take stock of the actual status of supply to the GWSC from the plant at Kakroi in Panipat. The GWSC, in turn, supplies untreated water to Huda's water treatment plant at Basai.
"The additional 20 cusecs would mean 100 cusecs of total supply that will be sufficient to feed the city," said Praveen Kumar, adding that he has also requested the irrigation department to ensure no deliberate breach takes place in the GWSC.
Meanwhile, there were reports that some farmers have tried to make breaches in the canal to irrigate their fields. "I have already ordered the SE to intensify patrolling and take necessary action against offenders," added Jalan.
A massive breach was reported at the canal on Monday.
On May 7, a similar incident had been reported at Mundahera, affecting water distribution in Gurgaon for nearly two to three days. The irrigation department, however, claims that such breaches are normal and have never affected Basai as the canal is supplying more than enough water.