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Water shortage continues even as winter sets in

Huda sub divisional engineer Satbir Singh accepted demand for water has fallen, but said they cannot improve the supply

gurgaon Updated: Nov 02, 2017 23:15 IST
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The Sushant Lok boosting station does not have enough water even for one time supply in Gurgaon. (Parveen Kumar/ HT Photo)

Despite a fall in the demand for water in the winter months, supply shortage continues to haunt many sectors, both private and those governed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda ).

Residents of Sector 9, 3, 5, 7, 21, 22 and private localities, such as Sushant Lok and South City, among others, complained they are not getting enough water even though the harsh summer months are long over.

Huda claims it supplies 70-80 million gallons a day (MGD) water from the Basai water treatment plant against a requirement of 150 MGD. The deficit of 70 MGD is met through borewells by extracting groundwater.

In summer, the average water supply was 80-82 MGD.

Citizens said water supply is erratic, the pressure is low and as a result they don’t get enough water in their homes, making it difficult for them to even finish their daily chores.

Residents added that their complaints to Huda and officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) have fallen on deaf ears and though it’s been long since private sectors were transferred to the MCG, their civic woes continue.

Major (Retired) SN Yadav, a resident of Sector 21, said, “Huda transferred our sector to MCG two years ago, but the MCG officials continue to blame them (Huda ) for inadequate supply of water and leakages in the supply lines. Some pockets in this sector get hardly any water. For instance Ayappa Mandir Pocket which has 250 houses is at an extreme end of the sector and people here struggle to get water.”

The proposal to lay an additional water pipeline for this pocket has been pending for years, but nothing has happened yet, Yadav said.

“In many Huda sectors, water supply is erratic and residents get very low pressure that too at odd times between 2am and 3am. How can we fill water at 3am and with such low pressure? The supply is particularly acute from sectors 3 to 9. The MCG officials are least bothered about our problem,” said Dharam Sagar, president of Federation of RWAs (FORWA) of urban estates.

RWA president of Sushant Lok, AK Nagpal, said, “Lifting water from underground reservoirs to overhead tanks to further its distribution to domestic taps is still a problem because there aren’t enough motors. The MCG is in the process of improving this situation. We hope we will have adequate water next summer.”

Huda sub divisional engineer Satbir Singh accepted that the demand for water has reduced, but said there’s nothing they can do to improve supply.

“There is no fault on our part. Water demand has gone down slightly. It will go down by another 5 MGD in the next two-three months and rise again from March,” Singh said.

MCG water supply in-charge and executive engineer Vikas Malik could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.

First Published: Nov 02, 2017 23:15 IST