Ganga water reservoir project still incomplete, Canal closure to affect Noida, Ghaziabad residents
The Upper Ganga Canal supplies Ganga water to Noida and Ghaziabad. However, the residents face major issues in getting drinking water during the canal closure days as the supply remains suspendednoida Updated: Sep 27, 2017 23:06 IST
From midnight of September 27 to October 21, the supply to the Upper Ganga Canal from Haridwar will be shut for annual maintenance work on the canal and its effect will be felt in Ghaziabad and Noida two days from now.
The two cities face issues of water shortage for 20-22 days during peak festival season each year owing to the cleaning effort.
Officials of the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam had proposed a reservoir on the canal near Dasna to hold water for at least half the period for which the canal will be shut.
“The project is estimated to cost over Rs 4 crore and iron gates were to be installed near Dasna to hold sufficient water in the canal during the closure days. The work is to be done by UP irrigation department but we have not been able to pay the amount beyond Rs 2.75 crore as funds are not coming to us,” said Neelam, project manager (UP Jal Nigam), Ganga water treatment plant, Pratap Vihar.
“We were expecting that the residents will be able to get nearly half day supply of 20-22 days of the canal’s closure period. But the project is yet to get complete,” she said.
Last year, in December, UP Jal Nigam then managing director PK Asudani had said that the project will be over by November this year.
The project was envisaged during the time of the Samajwadi Party-led government, but the project is now on the back burner as a number of officials have changed posts.
Why is the reservoir needed?
The Upper Ganga Canal supplies Ganga water to Noida and Ghaziabad. However, the residents face major issues in getting drinking water during the canal closure days as the supply remains suspended.
The canal provides water to two water treatment plants in Pratap Vihar. Last year, one of the two plants — a 100 cusec Ganga water treatment plant — was formally inaugurated after a trial run of one year. A third plant of 50 cusecs capacity is already proposed to be constructed but is awaiting funds.
“With every new plant, more people become dependent on Ganga water supply. However, the reservoir issue has not been taken up on priority. In the last 12 months, after the previous cleaning exercise was carried out, a number of high-rises have also shut their groundwater boring, in compliance with a NAtional Green Tribunal (NGT) order. During canal closure days, such high-rises will face a water crisis,” said Alok Kumar, president of Federation of Association of Apartment Owners.
In May, the Ghaziabad development authority had also proposed capacity enhancement of its water storage reservoirs in Indirapuram but the project is yet to take off.