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Capacity of Ganga water reservoirs to be increased in Ghaziabad

The GDA plans to increase the capacity of one of Indirapuram’s four reservoirs and to build another one

noida Updated: May 20, 2017 22:43 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
The plan has been formulated keeping in mind the growing population and the days when Ganga water supply is affected due to the annual shutdown of the Upper Ganga Canal.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is planning to enhance the capacity of Ganga water reservoirs and construct a new reservoir to improve water supply to Indirapuram. Officials said estimates of the project have been prepared and they will be taken up further.

The Indirapuram scheme has three Ganga water reservoirs — at Gyan Khand, NH-24 and Niti Khand — with a capacity of 10,000 kilolitres (Kl) each. The fourth, at Abhay Khand, has a capacity of nearly 6,000 Kl. The plan for capacity enhancement was mooted before the UP assembly elections, but was put on hold due to the election code of conduct being in place.

“Under the plan, we will enhance the capacity of the Abhay Khand reservoir to 10,000 Kl. We are also planning to construct a new reservoir for Ahimsa Khand to cater to the needs of highrises there. The plan has been formulated keeping in mind the large population of Indirapuram and the days when Ganga water supply is affected due to the annual shutdown of the Upper Ganga Canal,” said Chakresh Jain, executive engineer, GDA.

According to officials, residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) or developers of highrises should apply with the GDA for water connections.

As per official estimates, the Indirapuram scheme has nearly 36,000 housing units and a population of more 1.5 lakh. The majority of Ganga water supply to the area is provided by water treatment plants at Pratap Vihar. Indirapuram residents claimed that a number of highrises still don’t have water connections and have to depend on borewells to meet their water requirements.

The authority had recently issued notices to around 125 highrises in Indirapuram and 62 highrises in Raj Nagar Extension in the wake of directions by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to get no-objection certificates (NOCs) from the Central Ground Water Authority to run borewells.

“The highrises have been given 15 days to get permissions for borewells. Some developers also arrived for a meeting on the issue and we told them that highrises that have completion certificate (CC) will be able to get NOCs, but those without CCs may not get it,” said DP Singh, officer on special duty, GDA.

However, residents are of view that NOCs for borewells is a technical issue and authority should help them get the required permissions.

“There are many highrises in which residents have occupied flats but the CC is yet to be issued. The authority should make provisions for such highrises. Further, Ganga water supplies should also be enhanced and connections should be provided immediately,” said Mohit Dwivedi, general secretary, RWA, Krishna Apra Garden, Indirapuram.

Responding to a petition filed by Sushil Raghav, a Ghaziabad resident, the NGT had on April 27 said that its earlier directions shall not mean or be construed as a direction to seal “single domestic borewell if the family or group of families depend on it for their daily domestic consumption and are not having any alternative mode of supply of water through the Nagar Nigam or otherwise. (sic)”

“However, such of those domestic utilizers/operators of domestic borewells should place the NoC/ permission granted by the CGWA for extraction of ground water by the CGWA. If they have applied for grant of permission, in which event, action should not be taken against them for a period of at least two weeks during which period the CGWA shall consider their application and pass appropriate order (sic),” the order had said.

First Published: May 20, 2017 22:43 IST