Work on third phase of Ganga water project in Noida delayed
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is expected to complete its work near Noida’s Chhijarsi in the next six months and the Ganga water pipeline will also pass through this area, officials said.noida Updated: Feb 13, 2018 22:54 IST
Work on Ganga water project’s third phase, which is aimed at providing drinking water to Noida residents, will be delayed owing to the widening of the National Highway-24.
The laying of pipelines under the phase-3 of the Ganga water project will be done after the NH-24 widening work is completed, officials of the Noida authority’s water works department said.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is expected to complete its work near Noida’s Chhijarsi in the next six months and the Ganga water pipeline will also pass through this area, officials said.
“We hope that we will start laying the Ganga water pipeline under right after NH-24 widening work is over. The work on NH-24 widening is on in full swing and it will be over in the next six months. This will pave the way for the Ganga water pipeline work,” Samakant Shrivastava, senior project engineer, Noida authority, said.
Shrivastava is the official looking after Ganga water project.
The phase-3 of the Ganga water project was scheduled to be completed by 2018. But now it will be delayed by a year at least, officials said.
According to officials, Noida’s population is expected increase from 16 lakh in 2016 to 21 lakh by 2021. The total demand for water in Noida in 2016 was 332 MLD (million litres per day) and by 2021, it is expected to touch 590 MLD.
“We aim to finish it by 2020. We have already completed work on phase-1 and phase-2 and are supplying 240 MLD Ganga water to residents currently.
Once phase-3 is completed, the authority will have the capacity to supply 330 MLD of Ganga water to residents,” Shrivastava said.
The authority had on January 1, 2016, signed an agreement with the UP Jal Nigam to supply more Ganga water to Noida.
“With the third phase, we want to increase Ganga water availability from the existing 240 MLD to 330 MLD in order to meet the water demands that will arise from the upcoming residential areas along Noida-Greater Noida Expressway and other parts of the city,” Shrivastava said.
The UP Jal Nigam requires an estimated Rs 200 crore to finish the third phase of the project.
Currently, the Noida authority uses groundwater to meet gap in demand.
“We are providing 56% Ganga water and 44% groundwater to Noida. In the future, too, this ratio of 56:44 will continue,” a Noida authority official said.