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GMDA to take over water supply in Gurgaon from next year

The process, on paper, has begun with two Huda divisions — 2 and 3 — which have already been transferred to the GMDA.

gurgaon Updated: Dec 10, 2017 22:56 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
GMDA,MCG,Water Supply
There are two water treatment plants, at Basai and Chandubudhera, under Huda, which supply 80 million gallons a day (MGD) water daily, on an average, to the city.(HT File)

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) is set to transfer the responsibility of water supply for the city to Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA). Officials said the transfer order for water supply will be issued on January 1, 2018.

The process, on paper, has begun with two Huda divisions — 2 and 3 — which have already been transferred to the GMDA.

In the first major development in order to strengthen the GMDA, which came in existence on August 15, the town and country planning (TCP) department of Haryana had also transferred the rights to execute the change of land use (CLU), through a notification on November 18.

There are two water treatment plants, at Basai and Chandubudhera, under Huda, which supply 80 million gallons a day (MGD) water daily, on an average, to the city.

Water supply is a huge responsibility of the department as often, in summers, there is public outcry due to short supply and involvement of water mafia. With the transfer of water supply set to be shifted from Huda to the GMDA, residents, however, expect that the system will improve.

“We hope supply will be perfect in summer, mainly from April to July, when water mafia totally dominates the system to make money by selling tankers at price of their choosing. GMDA will have to improve the distribution system, which is faulty due to regular pilferages and damages,” Bhim Singh of Sector 22 said.

On November 29, chief administrator of Huda, J Ganeshan, had issued a letter in this regard.

Yashpal Yadav, Huda administrator, said, “Transfer order of CA Huda will come into practice from January 1, 2018. Two divisions (II and III), however, have already been transferred on paper. Water supply is a big responsibility and Huda does not have the necessary expertise. After the transfer, Huda will focus on its core expertise of real estate.”

Huda gets raw Yamuna water through two canals — Gurgaon Water Supply (GWS) Canal and NCR Canal — from Kakroi Sonepat to feed two plants at Basai and Chandubudhera.

Anand Mohan Sharan, CEO of GMDA, said, “We will ensure the city gets adequate water round the year. We have to improve the system.”

After treating raw water at the two plants, Huda supplies water through its vast distribution network to sectors and areas under MCG, private localities and other colonies.

Professor Gauhar Mehmood, head of civil engineering department, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, said, “Gurgaon needs 150 MGD water daily but Huda supplies only 75-80 MGD. It will be a tough task for the GMDA to improve the system and filter corruption.”

First Published: Dec 10, 2017 22:56 IST