Gurgaon: Relief for Sushant Lok-1 residents MCG takes over water supply
Until now, Huda was supplying water to Ansal-built locality while the developer looked after maintenance.gurgaon Updated: Aug 11, 2017 21:43 IST
In a significant move in the maintenance transfer of private colonies to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), the civic body has taken the responsibility of water facilities in Sushant Lok Phase 1 with immediate effect.
As per the deficiency assessment report compiled by a private consultant last month, at the behest of the MCG, the water facilities in the Ansal-built colony were found to be appalling.
Following a series of meeting with the developers (Ansals) and residents’ welfare associations (RWAs), the MCG officials decided to intervene and take over the maintenance of the water utility service.
“RWAs and residents of Sushant Lok-I have from time to time complained about the water supply in the colony…The MCG had appointed a consultant to assess the deficient infrastructure provision and during the process of such assessment, it was learnt that substantial water supply infrastructure was lying idle…(sic),” excerpts from the MCG order read.
“Water is an essential requirement for life and throttling of water supply to a large number of residents, is contrary to public interest and several meetings between the licensee and the RWAs failed to resolve the matter. The MCG would take over the water supply infrastructure of Sushant Lok-I with effect from 10th August, 2017 (sic),” the order further read.
Until now, the Haryana Urban Development Authority was supplying water while the developer was looking after maintenance of the water supply infrastructure and billing.
Following a directive issued by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, the MCG was to take over maintenance of DLF phases 1, 2, 3, Palam Vihar, Suncity, Sushant Lok-1, South City-1 and 2, and Ardee City to ensure that basic civic standards are met in these areas.
Prior to taking over, the MCG conducted a deficiency assessment report of existing civic standards in these colonies.
Sushant Lok Phase-1 was built in 1985 and is spread across 600 acres in sectors 27, 28, 43 and 52.
As per the details in the deficiency assessment report, the colony has an overall shortage of 10,500 kl of water, while only eight of the 18 tubewells in the area are functional.
The report further states that the pumping machinery installed at various boosting stations is old and requires replacement, owing to leakages and faulty pipelines.
The sluice valves are not operated properly and have been left unused for the past several years. There is an acute problem in block C due to poor water infrastructure, with most of the area only receiving supply for 10-20 minutes daily.
“Once the legal formalities of the transfer are completed, all action for maintenance and delivery of water supply to residents, including billing, will be undertaken by the MCG,” V Umashankar, MCG Commissioner, said.
For residents, the move was long-awaited.
“It’s a welcome step for residents as the water crisis in the colony has been escalating and we have been suffering with no water or low supply for months. The only bottleneck is how to pay the electricity charges for running boosting pumps,” Sudhir Sachdeva, member of Sushant Lok-1 RWA, said.