Construction of an 800-cusec NCR canal to the water-starved Gurgaon has been completed, enhancing water supply to the city almost four-fold.

The 71-km canal originates from Kakroi village in Sonepat and culminates at Chandu Budhera in Gurgaon, passing through Rohtak and Jhajjar districts. As per Haryana Irrigation Department officials, 30 cusecs of water was to be released initially in the canal and it would be further enhanced. A total of 56 culverts and bridges have been constructed on the canal.

Besides catering to Gurgaon city and the industrial model township in Manesar, the canal will also supply water to some townships in Bahadurgarh, Sampla, Badli and Kharkhoda.

Though Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had announced the construction of the canal on September 13, 2006, it took almost two years to acquire land and start construction work.

At present, the water needs of Gurgaon city are met mostly by the lone Gurgaon Water Supply (GWS) canal and over 40 tube-wells. The capacity of the GWS canal was recently enhanced from 100 cusecs to 175 cusecs.

Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner P.C. Meena said the State Government is committed to providing potable water to all and has spent more than Rs.43 crore to construct tube-wells, lay water supply and sewage lines and construct storm water drains.

More than Rs.15 crore would be spent on these facilities during the current financial year, he added.