Sixty-three-year-old Krishna Devi Narula at her home in Shakti Nagar (Ward no. 21) keeps staring at the tap hoping for the water to trickle through it. Last week, Narula got injured while trying to fill water in the wee hours. Eighty houses, including hers have not been supplied water by the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for over two months due to technical problems.
The MCG officials said water supply has been hit due to the pending construction work of a water pipeline. Residents said that after several appeals to MCG councillors Suresh Dua (Ward No. 19) and Birender Singh (Ward No. 21), a water tanker has been sent by the Public Health Department.
“The society has had no water supply for the last two-and-a-half-months. Children and working women can’t fill water because the supply is erratic. We have taken up this responsibility but it takes a toll on our health,” said Krishna Kumari, a senior citizen.
“We have little savings left after spending on private water tankers and doctors as the water from the tanker is of poor quality. The two-decade old pipeline has not been changed,” said Anil Kumar Tyagi, another resident.
Putting the blame on MCG officials, councillor Dua said, “I had got a pipeline diverted from Laxmi Garden to Shakti Nagar to solve the problem. The MCG officials are delaying the work.”
Councillor Gujjar said that the construction got delayed because the tender had not been passed. The MCG junior engineer, Pankaj, said that the corporation had cut a pipeline to the colony after complaints of water contamination. “The four-inch pipes required were not available with the civic body. Work will start on Wednesday,” he said.