Residents of parched city Gurgaon can look forward to a better water supply in the near future, if not the current summer. This is because no addition has so far been made in the total delivery of water this season.
The Haryana government has decided to set up a large water treatment plant with Israeli know-how in Gurgaon canal, which currently supplies water to four districts — Gurgaon, Faridabad, Mewat and Palwal.
The decision comes close on the heels of the recent visit to Israel by a team of officers and ministers led by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. They had studied how Israelis made optimum use of available water resources.
The water in this canal is primarily used for irrigation, but after installation of the treatment plant at the intersection of Agra canal, the water can be used for human consumption. The canal normally carries 100 to 300 cusecs of water and has a share of Rajasthan too.
About future water supply requirements to meet the demand of a growing population in Gurgaon, a second 22 millions of gallons per day (MGD) dedicated water treatment plant is being constructed at R138 crore by Huda, which is expected to be functional by April 2012.
This second water treatment plant at Chandu-Budhera would be constructed in two phases. Construction of 22MGD water treatment plant will be in the first phase and the balance
44MGD will be taken up in the second phase, taking the total storage capacity to 66MGD. All the three storage tanks will be constructed in the first phase.
The plant will be built on a 274 acres of acquired land. The completion of this plant will increase the existing water supply of 45MGD to 111MGD by 2012. The current 40MGD is being supplied from Basai treatment plant and the rest 5MGD from tube wells in Gurgaon.
“Gurgaon city is presently getting 120 cusecs from the Gurgaon water supply canal, which is expected to shift to the NCR water supply canal by next year. The completed canal is not supplying the 800 cusecs water (as expected) due to lack of reservoirs,” said a senior Huda official.
Last summer too, residents, especially in New Gurgaon colonies such as DLF City, Sushant Lok and Palam Vihar, had to manage with one-two hours of water supply daily. They depended on private tankers that cost at least R500 per household. This year, too, the situation may repeat.
Residents hope that this year the situation may be a bit better, but it is uncertain.