It was supposed to bring in much-needed relief to the parched Millennium City, but Gurgaon's water woes are here to stay. For, the Rs. 322-crore NCR Water Canal with a capacity of 800 cusecs is lying idle - though the work was completed a year ago -as the crucial treatment plant at Chandu Budhera is not yet ready.
The treatment plant is being built by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) on the outskirts of Gurgaon.
The plant, with a capacity to treat 110 million gallons per day (MGD), was supposed to be ready by December 2011 and its trial run was likely to be conducted in April this year.
The construction work at the plant, which is spread over 30 acres of land, is currently in full swing.
"We are doing our best so as to complete the construction by June this year. We hope the water supply through the canal begins shortly," said Huda administrator Praveen Kumar.
"We are mounting pressure on the contractor and the officials concerned," he added.
One of the reasons of the delay is said to be the 2011 flood that caused huge damage to the plant and delayed the project by six months.
"For three months (July-September 2011), the plant remained nearly inundated and the construction work was badly affected," said a senior Huda official.
The delay has upset the strategies of the planners. Presently, the city gets its share of water from Gurgaon water supply channel, which supplies about 200 cusecs of water a day.
"Though we completed the construction work on the canal by January 2011, the water supply has not yet begun because the plant is not ready," said Harmel Singh, chief engineer, Haryana irrigation department.
Initially, the canal will get 500 cusacs from the Yamuna. The 71-km canal begins in Kakroi village in Sonepat district and ends at Chandu Budhera after passing through Sonepat, Rohtak and Jhajjar.
"We completed the work keeping in view the deadline of Budhera plant. We have held many rounds of meetings with Huda officials in this regard," said another official of the irrigation department.