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Upper Ganga canal closure hits Noida

noida Updated: Oct 17, 2016 00:46 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times

Frantic calls poured in the water cell office of Noida authority on Sunday after taps ran dry in the city.(HT Photo)

The Noida authority’s poor preparedness has been exposed only a week after Ganga water supply was stopped by the Uttar Pradesh irrigation department due to the cleaning of a canal. On Sunday, residents in many sectors woke up to dry taps or with low pressure and short supply. Frantic calls poured in the water cell office of the Noida authority seeking water tankers. The supply was stopped on October 10

Gopal Rathor, a resident of Sector 21, said, “When the water tanker came to our locality, I waited in a queue for an hour. However, by the time it was my turn to get water, it was empty as residents filled up all their utensils fearing the crisis may last for several days. We had no choice but to call for a private tanker.”

Residents said the water supply from the Noida authority was inadequate. The pressure was very low and the supply lasted for 20-25 minutes. They said they were not prepared for such a situation.

“In our sector, we had to call five private tankers although the authority had sent three tankers. Even then many people still didn’t have enough water. This situation will last till November 10-11,” said a resident of sector 26.

The resentment that the Noida authority has not yet developed crisis management system for 30 days in every October-November is high among the residents who are likely to take up the issue with the UP government.

“Is it possible for the authority to supply through tankers daily? The city has a population of over 15 lakh and need 500 million litres per day (MLD). The authority has not yet developed its own reservoir of Ganga water. Through this, officials are allowing water mafia to extract groundwater,” said AN Dhawan, secretary general federation of Noida residents’ welfare associations (Fonrwa).

According to the Noida authority, city’s water demand stands at an average of 250 MLD.

“It is our responsibility to provide water to our residents through tap water or tankers. We send tankers on call from the residents. We have more than 300 tubewells and nine Ranney wells that are enough to supply water,” said Samakant Srivastava, project engineer, Noida authority.