To prevent the misuse of potable water in residential colonies, Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) is planning to give RWAs and maintenance agencies the power to penalise erring residents.
"We can give this authority to some residents' welfare associations or maintenance agencies," said Huda administrator Praveen Kumar.
"But that would be the power to issue 'evidence-based challan'. It means the RWAs or private agencies should have proper evidence before issuing challans against any resident," Kumar added.
The civic body has launched a drive to curb wastage of drinking water by residents and developers. In the past seven months, nearly 80,000 people have been challaned. The city is running short of 20 million gallons of water per day.
DLF, the developer, will raise the issue at a special meeting with Huda on February 17. Baljit Singh, manager, DLF, said, "We should be given the authority to challan those who waste water. In the meeting we would put forward our request."
Haryana's first irrigation and power police station - set up to deal with water and electricity theft cases in Gurgaon - is grappling with the problem of staff shortage. The police station was inaugurated on January 1 this year.
"We do not have adequate staff to tackle mounting number of cases. At present, we have one SHO, four ASIs, two head constables and five constables as against the sanctioned manpower of one inspector, two sub-inspectors, six ASIs, 10 head constables and 20 constables for the police station," said a police official on the condition of anonymity.
"Also three vehicles (one PCR and 2 bikes) were sanctioned, but we don't have any of them. We have to hire a taxi to do our works such as delivering notices to the defaulters," said the official. Senior officials said that the vacant posts would be filled within two months.
The dedicated police station, which has recovered Rs 3.35 lakh from the defaulters till date, exclusively deals with offences relating to theft of power and canal water under the provisions of the Indian Electricity Act and various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).