Water crisis in different parts of the city has led to the emergence of a ‘water mafia’ that is illegally extracting groundwater and selling it at a higher price. There are over 100 water suppliers who are making moolah by selling groundwater for construction projects. They sell a water tank containing 3-5 thousand litres of groundwater for Rs 500-700.
The extraction of groundwater in Gurgaon is illegal as the Central Groundwater Authority (CGA) has notified the city as a ‘dark zone’ banning groundwater extraction for commercial purposes. The ban came into effective in 2001.
As per a study conducted by the Gurgaon Water Cell, groundwater extraction is taking place at the rate of 313% and if the same persists, the day is not far off when its level would hit an alarming low.
CGA has already expressed concern over the depleting water level in Gurgaon and said the city may go dry by 2017. Residents, meanwhile, have been complaining about erratic water supply. “Water supply remains suspended for consecutive 2-3 days. It becomes very difficult for us to manage without water. We are left with the only option to buy water from suppliers as no MCG tanker ever comes to my area,” said Ankur, a resident.
In private colonies such as DLF, Sushant Lok and South City, residents turn to their respective developers who sometime send water tankers. However, that is not enough for daily needs.