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‘We have no problem with funds’

india Updated: Sep 26, 2008 23:48 IST
Sanjeev Ahuja
Sanjeev Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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Most parts of Gurgaon city, especially the private townships, either do not have master (trunk) sewerage lines or are not connected to master lines despite the fact that these townships started coming up in 1978-79. Why?

HUDA was facing the problem of court stay orders at some key locations where master sewerage lines were planned and work had started long back. Fortunately, those court cases were cleared in our favour recently, and we will have almost the entire network of master sewerage lines ready -- except for the 8-km-long line along the Gurgaon Expressway and another along the Sohna Road.

Does HUDA have a problem of funds or does it lacked planning for basic infrastructure?
We have no problem with funds. Rs. 44.65 crore was earmarked for the slog projects that are on the verge of completion now.

Why did HUDA not think of laying master sewerage and storm water drains in 1978 when it started giving out licenses to developers?
I would not like to comment on that.

By when will Gurgaon have a complete master sewerage and storm water drainage network? What are the reasons for the delay?
We can expect the work to be completed in two months. The agencies such as municipal bodies and private developers, which are responsible for internal sewer lines in their respective areas, lack coordination. This is a reason for delay.

Do you know that many upscale townships do not have outlets and connections to master sewerage lines and have created underground tanks, which are emptied by sucking machines and the sewage is thrown out in vacant plots?
Projects are still to be connected only on stretches were master sewerage lines are not complete. Also we have another STP coming up in Behrampur with which a number of sewrage lines would be connected. All the high-rises have set up their own STPs for treating sewerage water. I am not aware of sewerage being dumped in vacant plots.

What would be the capacity of the new STP and by when will it be ready?
The additional STP would be of 50 MLD and likely to be ready by the end of this year. This STP would take the load off new Gurgaon only and the earlier STP in Dhanwapur, of 98 MLD, would serve old Gurgaon and some HUDA sectors.

(G Anupama, HUDA Administrator)