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Residents want GMDA to protect water pipelines

The GMDA has decided to hold periodical meetings with various residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) in the city to discuss how to resolve the so-called menace of the water mafia.

gurgaon Updated: May 11, 2019 00:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Gurugram
GMDA,Water supply,water mafia
The city residents said that protecting master water pipelines from frequent acts of sabotage allegedly carried out by the water mafia is the sole responsibility of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), after a meeting with its officials on Friday.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

The city residents said that protecting master water pipelines from frequent acts of sabotage allegedly carried out by the water mafia is the sole responsibility of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), after a meeting with its officials on Friday.

The GMDA has decided to hold periodical meetings with various residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) in the city to discuss how to resolve the so-called menace of the water mafia. The first of these meetings took place with the residents of Pioneer Park on Friday.

Sudhir Krishna, of Pioneer Park, said, “Miscreants sabotaged GMDA’s water line four times in the past two months. The GMDA should protect its own property. We want uninterrupted water supply from the authority. We have made this clear to the GMDA’s chief engineer, who assured us of taking action.”

Sabotage of water pipelines by miscreants near Sector 61 along the Southern Peripheral Road (SPR, also known as Golf Course Extension Road) has taken place four times since February this year that disrupted the GMDA’s water supply to the residential localities in the area. The first two incidents took place in the first week of February. This was followed by two similar incidents last week.

Another water pipeline was damaged twice in Sector 110A (on the Dwarka Expressway) in April-end. All such incidents show that the main target of the miscreants are the residents living in the newly developed sectors 58-115, who have only recently started getting canal water supply. “We started supplying canal water on May 1 for sectors 58 – 67. After that our pipeline was sabotaged twice. Similarly, our canal water supply for sector 99-115 started in November. Since then, three to four incidents of sabotage have taken place near sectors 109-110 A. This is a clear indication that tanker suppliers think canal water supply is a threat to their business,” said a GMDA official familiar with the matter.

GMDA officials also said that they will engage a security agency for night patrolling, as sabotaging incidents take place mostly at night. “The gate valve of the water pipeline some 250 metres from our society gate was damaged on April 28 and once again on May 1 most probably by a tanker supplier. It disrupted the water supply to our society Mahindra Aura. We started getting GMDA’s canal water supply only for January this year. The GMDA should enhance its security measures to nab these culprits who damage government property,” said Yasheesh Yadav, of Mahindra Aura, Sector 110A.

“We will take some positive steps in this regard from Monday to protect the water pipelines from sabotage. We also want residents to help the GMDA in resolving this issue. For this purpose, we have decided to hold meetings with various RWAs every Saturday or Sunday or as per their convenience. The meeting with residents of Pioneer Park was a part of the plan,” Lalit Arora, chief engineer, GMDA, said, adding both the steps are essential to control frequent acts of sabotage.

First Published: May 11, 2019 00:04 IST