Monsoon breaks new ground for water levels
Heavy rainfall this season has brought good news for residents of the parched city. According to a study, the groundwater level in Gurgaon has improved significantly in the last two months. HT reports.Updated: Sep 11, 2011 00:20 IST
Heavy rainfall this season has brought good news for residents of the parched city. According to a study, the groundwater level in Gurgaon has improved significantly in the last two months.
In a sample survey conducted by the civil engineering department of Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, the level of groundwater at several places has gone up. These samples were collected from sites where the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has constructed rainwater harvesting systems.
As many as 11 sites were covered under the survey last week, all showing an increase in the groundwater level in the last two months of monsoon.
The team has recorded a nine-feet rise in the water level at Sikandarpur roundabout. Compared to previous year’s 187 feet, this year’s figure stands at 178 feet. Similarly, at Sukhrali the groundwater level was found at 181 feet compared to last year's 186 feet.
The MCG has constructed as many as 36 rainwater harvesting structures in four zones of the city. It aims to meet a target of 50 systems by the end of September. “We are collecting samples from all 36 sites,” said Gauhar Mahmood, who heads the harvesting project.
“We hope the rains will bring more cheers and all the structures will prove fruitful for the project,” said Mahmood.
For the municipal body, which has undertaken the project for Gurgaon and has to construct 265 rainwater harvesting systems over the next two years, the findings have come as a pat on the back. “It will take a few more weeks to complete measurements of all the 36 structures,” said YK Garg, superintending engineer, MCG. “We are focusing on the project. We are hopeful of meeting our target of achieving 150-feet water level for the city in the next two years,” added Garg.
First Published: Sep 11, 2011 00:19 IST