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Civic body at sea as city struggles with water woes

Residents of the Millennium City are still grappling with the water crisis. In most parts of the city, water supply is as erratic as it used to be five years ago.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2011 00:55 IST
Dhananjay Jha

Residents of the Millennium City are still grappling with the water crisis. In most parts of the city, water supply is as erratic as it used to be five years ago.

With around 20 lakh population, the city needs a supply of 150 MGD. But the Haryana Urban Development Authority manages to supply only 60 MGD, which is less than half of the required amount.

People use water from tubewells for their daily needs, which is a big threat to depleting groundwater table.

The situation gets worse due to poor pressure in water pipelines. Besides, in many parts pipelines have not been yet commissioned.

“In our area, water pipelines have been laid but they have not been commissioned yet. The result is that most of us are dependent on ground water,” said DC Yadav, a resident of Mayfield Garden, a private builders’ area developed 20 years ago.

The low water storage capacity on part of the Huda has been one of the reasons behind poor Basai water pipeline connections, as voiced many times by city residents. “Basai treatment plant has a capacity of 60 MGD. There are two boosting stations at sectors 16 and 51 from where water is supplied. Due to this, most of the areas like Ardee City and DLF are still not connected with Basai plant,” said RS Rathee, president of Gurgaon Citizens Council (GCC).

In Huda sectors, water pipelines were laid 20 years ago. And the sanctioned water supply is based on the then population.

“In last 20 years, population has gone up several times. People are forced to use booster pump to extract water from the ground,” said OP Sharma, a resident of Sector 23.

The Huda has plans to increase capacity of Basai plant from 40 to 60 MGD and that of Chandu Budhera from 20 to 66 MGD.

“We have plans to enhance water storage capacity as well as capacity of water treatment plants. We are sure these two plants would be enough to meet water demand of the city,” said Praveen Kumar, administrator, Huda.