Thirsty Gurgaon looks towards Agra Canal
The ongoing water crisis has forced the Haryana Government to look for alternative sources of supplying water to the city. Sanjeev K. Ahuja reports.india Updated: Mar 24, 2008 00:33 IST
The ongoing water crisis has forced the Haryana Government to look for alternative sources of supplying water to the city and reduce its dependency on the Gurgaon water canal. The Haryana Chief Minister is planning to bring water from Agra canal to meet the need.
Gurgaon District Magistrate Rakesh Gupta said Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was incidentally visiting Gurgaon to inaugurate a foot overbridge on Sheetla Mata Road on Sunday, in a meeting held on water crisis talked about an option of sourcing water from the Agra canal.
“The CM stressed that Gurgaon's dependency on the Gurgaon canal should be reduced and alternative sources of water supply should be found. He also discussed other options such as Damdama Lake on Sohna road as another source of water for Gurgaon,” the DM added.
He said Haryana had planned 800 cusec NCR water supply canal from Kakori, parallel to the existing canal, at the cost of Rs 225 crore. The canal, proposed to be completed in the next 2-3 years, would supply 600 cusec water to Gurgaon alone and would reduce its dependency on the single canal.
The DM added, “Apart from looking for options, the CM has also given strict instructions to the Jhajjar administration and police to avoid breach of Gurgaon canal in future.”
Gupta urged the people to refrain from wasting water for gardening and washing their vehicles. “Water is already scarce in Gurgaon and people should be responsible while using water. Those found indulging in wasting water would have to face the music,” he said.