Gurgaon: No respite for residents as water woes continue

Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav blamed the supply shortfall on repeated ruptures of the Huda’s main pipeline by a construction company

gurgaon Updated: May 07, 2017 23:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Ruptures in Huda’s main water pipeline have resulted in acute supply shortfall in Sushant Lok, Suncity, Ardee City, sectors 21, 22, 23, Ashok Vihar, Model Town and other localities.(FILE PHOTO)

Low and inadequate water supply have continued to give residents sleepless nights in many parts of the city over the last few months and it seems, there’s little respite in sight.

The residents of Sushant Lok, Suncity, Ardee City, sectors 21, 22, 23, Ashok Vihar, Model Town and other localities have accused the government agencies of not acting promptly on their complaints.

With the authorities unmoved and allegedly dragging their feet in the matter, the desperate residents even took to social media on Sunday to post messages on their plight and urge the media to make common cause with them and force the authorities to act.

“The extent of the water crisis is a lot more than what it was last year. It seems even the fulfilment of our basic needs has now become a challenging task. In fact, the crisis has doubled as compared to last year and when I say doubled I mean the amount of money that we have been shelling out to source water from private tankers is twice as much as we spent in April and May last year. This is a common complaint in every household this year and the supply shortfall is giving us sleepless nights. We have decided to click pictures every time a tanker arrives to provide water and use them for our social media campaign for justice,” Abhey Poonia, a resident of Suncity, said.

Residents said the situation is especially alarming in the Sushant Lok area.

On Sunday, we got water around 6.30am. However, the supply only lasted 15-20 minutes and it wasn’t enough to fill our overhead tanks. I rang up the maintenance agency and was told that water supply has been slow and inadequate over the last one month due to repeated ruptures in Huda’s master water pipeline. The leaks hit supply from the Huda water treatment plant. I even sent emails to MCG (Municipal Corporation of Gurugram) and Huda (Haryana urban development authority) officials highlighting our plight. However, I don’t have much hope of action,” Anil Sharma, a resident Block C, Sushant Lok, said.

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The residents living in other sectors and municipal areas are worried over the lack of coordination between the Huda and the MCG in streamlining the water supply and distribution system.

“Water came in a trickle this morning. The pressure of release was low and the supply wasn’t even enough to meet our kitchen needs. My wife said low water pressure has been a regular occurrence over the last several weeks. I even asked residents of sectors 21, 23 and 23-A if they were facing a similar situation and they said they did. Repeated meetings with (Huda and MCG) officials have failed to resolve our situation,” Bhim Singh, resident of Sector 22, said.

Last week, Huda administrator Yashpal Yadav asked executive engineer Bhup Singh Joon to fix the water distribution system after complaints of repeated ruptures in the city’s water pipelines.

“Our master line was ruptured repeatedly by Gawar Construction Limited, which is constructing underpasses and a flyover on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. The leaks and repairs led to disruption of water supply from our plant. I will check if the situation improves on Monday,” the Huda administrator said.

First Published: May 07, 2017 23:15 IST