Fed up with erratic water supply, Gurugram residents seek MCG chief’s help

The residents claimed that the water pressure, too, is very low — water tanks in individual houses are not getting filled up and causing crisis on a daily basis.
As a result, people living in these areas are being forced to buy water from private tanker suppliers.(HT Photo)
As a result, people living in these areas are being forced to buy water from private tanker suppliers.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2019 08:04 AM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By

For over a month now, residents of sectors 21, 22, 23 and other areas are not getting adequate canal water supply through pipeline.

As a result, people living in these areas are being forced to buy water from private tanker suppliers.

The residents claimed that the water pressure, too, is very low — water tanks in individual houses are not getting filled up and causing crisis on a daily basis.

To meet their daily needs, residents said, they have to buy tanker water that can be more than 30 times costlier that the water supplied by the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) — the master water supplier in the city. While the GMDA water tariff is 9.45 per kilolitre, private water suppliers take up to 300 for a kilolitre of water.

The residents of the three sectors are planning to give a joint representation to MCG commissioner Yashpal Yadav, to seek his intervention to the fix problem of inadequate water supply in peak summer.

“The GMDA and the MCG officials are blaming each other for the inadequate water supply. This has been happening for a long time now. We are now planning to meet MCG commissioner seeking his intervention,” said Bhim Singh, president of Sector 22B RWA.

Shashi Pal Yadav, president of the Sector 21 residents’ welfare association (RWA), said, “For a tanker of 4,000 litres (four kilolitre), we pay 1,200 — which comes to 300 per kilolitre. On an average, all people of our sector buy a total of at least 15-20 tankers daily to suffice their daily needs since canal water supply through pipelines is not adequate. We have been facing this problem for the past one month.”

All these sectors are plotted localities developed at least 30 to 35 years ago by the Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), the civic maintenance of which, including internal water distribution system, were transferred to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) in 2016.

“GMDA supplies water to MCG, which distributes canal water to us. The MCG engineers told us they are not getting adequate water from the GMDA. Meanwhile, GMDA officials told us they are giving adequate water. We want proper water supply through pipelines. A team of engineers of GMDA and MCG Wednesday inspected all underground water tanks following our complaints,” said Bhawani Shankar Tripathy, general secretary, Sector 23A RWA.

GMDA supplies water to these areas from Chandu Budhera water treatment plant. Sandeep Dahiya, executive engineer, GMDA, who sent his team of engineers to inspect and redress this inadequate water supply problem these sectors, Wednesday said, “Our men and MCG engineers found all underground tanks filled. There is no problem of short or inadequate water supply from our side. However, we will supply more water if they require.”

MCG engineers, however, said the underground water tanks of these sectors are getting less water for the last two weeks. Amit Shandilya, MCG executive engineer, said, “There is short supply of water from GMDA and we have informed the GMDA officials concerned.”

Currently, the GMDA supplies 445-450 million litres daily (MLD) water from its two water treatment plants at Basai and Chandu Budhera to city — at least 50-60MLD more than it supplied last summer.

However, the crisis continues to loom large.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Dhananjay Jha writes on development authorities, transport, industries, power and other developmental issues in Gurgaon. A journalist for over a decade, he has worked in Delhi and in HT’s Noida bureau.

Close Story
SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, January 20, 2022