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‘Prevent misuse of the scarce resource’

Residents of the Millennium City have been facing a water crisis for a long time now. YK Srivastava writes.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2012 01:08 IST

Residents of the Millennium City have been facing a water crisis for a long time now.

Authorities supply water in the morning for about 40 to 60 minutes, which is not sufficient for our daily needs.

The administration should look into the matter and make sure that all parts of the city get at least one hour of water supply every morning and evening.

Besides, the administration should take measures to check wastage of water.

Across the city people are seen washing cars, terrace and watering green belt areas.

There is nobody to keep a tab on such misuse. Heavy penalty should be imposed on such people so that they do not indulge in any such practice again.

Illegal borewells and ground water extraction should also be checked. Rain water harvesting should be made mandatory in the city.

At our own level, we are recycling the AC water. I know it is just a small effort, but we can bring a change if all residents get together.

And residing in the city would be a pleasant experience.

There should be a complete ban on the groundwater extraction.

Haryana Urban Development Authority should start following the footprints of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon as they have introduced the SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition module), which in a way means privatisation of water supply.

The Basai plant should have a power back-up so that residents do not suffer because of frequent power cuts.

Rainwater harvesting should be made compulsory even in small houses. There should be more pipelines for smooth flow of water and most importantly, there should be complete ban of groundwater extraction.

The writer is senior vice-president of the Sector 56 RWA.