The Kaushalaya Dam has stopped providing water supply to Panchkula district from Tuesday, as the water level dropped.
The dam was expected to supply 18 cusec water but it was supplying only 5 cusec water to sectors 1-11.
The cost of the project was around Rs. 200 crore but it was helping Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). With the help of 5 cusec water, 18 tubewells were running for 12 hours, instead of 24 hours, saving electricity bill of the department upto Rs. 10-12 lakh per month.
Irrigation and water resources department superintending engineer Jagmohan Singh said, “It needs to be clarified that we had been supplying since Arpil 2013 as per the requirement of HUDA.
We are totally dependent on rains and we need to keep a water level of 10m which we call dead storage. If it rains tomorrow, we will start supply again.”
BJP condemns Kaushalaya Dam
A statement released by Bhartiya Janta Party leaders Gian Chand Gupta and BB Singal on Wednesday said the dam’s viability and utility was in question as it was inaugurated by chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to benefit the DLF and other real estate companies.
“The state government wasted Rs. 220 crore of the public money in constructing the dam and afterwards crores were spent for construction of pipe line.
We strongly criticise the state government for constructing non-viable dam to give benefit to private real estate companies,” read the statement.