Developing sectors to get water supply boost by April, cut reliance on tankers
Come April and residents of new Gurugram may not have to depend on private tankers for daily water supply as the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) said it has almost completed upgrading its infrastructure. Residents of new and developing sectors along the Dwarka Expressway are set to get 200MLD (million litres daily) canal water this summer.
“We have completed water distribution line network for these localities. Now, we are working on increasing water storage capacity of boosting station at Sector 51,” GMDA executive engineer and in charge of canal water supply Sandeep Dahiya said, adding that the agency could not supply the required volume earlier in absence of adequate water and infrastructure.
“Water distribution lines to many of the newly developed societies were not connected. Secondly, our boosting station was not capable to meet increasing water demand,” Dahiya said.
Total cost for augmenting the storage capacity of Sector 51 boosting station is ₹11 crore, and it will be functional from April 15, the GMDA official said.
The GMDA has said it hopes to start supplying canal water to over four lakh residents living in different localities in New Gurugram from its boosting station in Sector 51, on the Southern Peripheral Road, also known as the Golf Course Extension Road.
A survey done by the GMDA six months ago, of sectors 47 to 75, revealed that more than two lakh new people had settled in over 50 new residential societies in the past three years. While the GMDA did supply 100MLD in sectors 47 to 57, the other sectors were not covered.
“Water supply through pipelines for a large area will reduce residents’ dependency on tankers; this is our prime objective. We also supply treated water to many societies through tankers, but that volume is negligent in newly developed societies,” Dahiya said.
Aravalli Homes, The Palm Springs Plaza (Sector 54) Parsvanath Exotica Sector 53, Tulip Violet Sector 69, Emaar Emerald Hill Sector 65, Pioneer Park Sector 61, Ireo Victor Valley Sector 67 and many other societies are primarily dependent on tankers for their daily water need.
New Gurgaon—sectors 24-57 developed in phases—residents have been reeling under perennial water crisis in summer due to inadequate water supply from authority and that gap was filled up by water mafia.
“Water tanker is a lucrative business and leads to extraction of lakhs of litres of groundwater through illegal borewells. This water is sold at 14 to 20 paisa per litre, and the demand goes up in summer. Against this, the GMDA water is available at 4 paisa per litre. More than 200 new residential societies, planned by the Haryana town and country planning department in Sectors 56 to 115, for whom canal water availability was a dream can now hope for relief,” activist Yatish Goel said.
While the GMDA has received over 50 applications from privately developed residential societies in sectors that are set to get canal water from April, residents said their applications were still pending.
“We have been living in this society for three years and are dependent on tankers. Our application for canal water connection is pending with the GMDA. We hope that this summer our wait will be over,” Sourav Das, a resident of Emaar Emerald Hill, said.
“Our aim is to make water from Basai and Chandu Budhera available to every resident of the city and we are working on augmenting the capacity of existing boosting stations, constructing new stations at Sector 72 and Ghata, and laying water pipeline network for sectors 76-115 as well,” GMDA superintending engineer Rajesh Bansal.
The GMDA is the custodian authority of the master water supply and supplies canal water through two boosting stations—one in Sector 16 near Signature Tower, from where it supplies water to sectors 14-46 (except 21, 22, 23) and in Sector 51, from where it supplies to sectors 47 to 57, and will now cover till sector 75. The GMDA supplies canal water to sectors 1-12, 21, 22, 23 and areas such as Palam Vihar, Ashok Vihar, Laxman Vihar and others directly from Basai plant.