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Ganga water supply halted, Noida residents fear taps will run dry

Residents are worried that the Noida authority may not have adequate tubewells to keep up supply

noida Updated: Oct 15, 2016 01:25 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
Noida authority,Uttar Pradesh Irrigation department,cleaning canals
Since October 9, Ganga water supply has been stopped as the UP irrigation department is cleaning the canal.(Sakib Ali/HT File)

Residents are worried about the low pressure of water in their taps and that the Noida authority may not have adequate tubewells to keep up supply, in the wake of a stop in Ganga water supply.

Since October 9, the supply has been stopped as the Uttar Pradesh Irrigation department is cleaning the canal.

Manoj Kesri, general secretary of residents’ welfare association (RWA) Sector 26, said, “My wife told me that water pressure was very low in the morning. I asked an engineer of the Noida authority and he said there was nothing to worry about. But we fear a water crisis is looming as groundwater cannot suffice the daily needs of residents. We will have to arrange water for the next one month.”

The authority is supplying water from their tubewells in the respective sectors. The residents worry as most of the tubewells have dried in recent past.

“There are eight tubewells in Sector 20 and only two are functional. How can two be enough in this condition? The authority did not arrange water reservoirs to supply adequate Ganga water in a crisis,” said Sector 20 resident Suresh Tiwary.

RC Gupta, secretary general of Sector 20 RWA, said, “There are four tubewells in our sector and only two are functional.Since the water table is depleting fast, most of the tube-wells dried in the recent past.”

Residents are concerned about the quality of water also.

“Water quality is poor and not potable without filtering and this is a perennial problem,” said Shrikant Vaidya of Sector 15.

According to the Noida authority, Ganga water forms 60% of the city’s water supply and it has enough tubewells.

The city’s water demand is 250 million litres per day.

Samakant Srivastava, project engineer (PE), Noida authority, said, “There is nothing to worry about as we have more than 300 tubewells and nine Ranney wells that are enough to supply water.”

First Published: Oct 15, 2016 01:25 IST