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Gurgaon: Water shortage due to Chandu Budhera flooding will persist till Sunday morning, says Huda

The equipment at the water treatment plant is undergoing repairs, leading to a supply crisis in many areas in Gurgaon

gurgaon Updated: Jun 23, 2017 22:51 IST
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The Chandu Budhera water treatment plant supplies more than 20 million gallons of water daily, which accounts for around one-fourth of the city’s water supply.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

With the Chandu Budhera water treatment plant (WTP) swamped with rainwater since Wednesday night, residents across the city continued to suffer from water shortage on Friday. The shortage is likely to persist till Sunday morning.

Around one-fourth of city’s water supply comes from the Chandu Budhera plant, which supplies more than 20 million gallons daily (MGD) across Gurgaon.

The plant has been closed since Wednesday night and is undergoing repairs after rainwater entered its motor pumps and tanks.

“The engineers are likely to complete repairing the motor pumps by Friday night. It takes over 30 hours to restore normal water supply, which will start from Sunday morning,” said Satbir Singh, subdivisional officer (SDO), Haryana urban development authority (Huda).

The areas facing the worst water shortage include sectors 21, 23, 37 to 58 and Sushant Lok Phase 1.

Representatives of the residents’ bodies of many of these areas questioned Huda’s efficiency in dealing with situations such as this.

“Our area is hit by a water crisis every time there is any disruption at the water treatment plant. The staff deployed at the boosting station is not technically qualified and at times does not know how to manage the water valves,” said Sudhir Bhardwaj, president, Sector 56 residents’ welfare association (RWA).

“We have met civic authorities several times, but have got no relief and have to depend on private water tankers,” he added.

Echoing the sentiment and ruing the dependence on private water tankers that cost a lot, Sushant Lok Phase 1 resident Sanjay Bakshi said, “Water shortage is a regular problem in our area and is aggravated whenever there is a crisis at the water treatment plant. Since there is no alternative, I have to rely on private tankers to meet my domestic needs at an exorbitant price.”

Colonel (retired) RL Mann, of Block E in Sector 21, said, “Whenever there is a shortage of supply from the plant, we have to pay Rs3,000 per tanker to private contractors, which is a very high amount for us as most of us are retired, senior citizens. The authorities should at least have mercy on us and resolve the issue at the earliest.

“Water pressure in our block is always low as it is situated at a height. The authorities should install a pump to address this, but they don’t want to,” he added.

First Published: Jun 23, 2017 22:51 IST