Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Monday urged the people to use water resources judiciously in view of the fast depleting underground water level in the State.

Addressing a function organised by the NCR People Action Group in Gurgaon, Mr. Hooda said a mass awareness campaign should be launched to bring home to the people the need to preserve this precious natural resource. The fast depleting underground water level was posing a great threat, he added.

Reiterating the commitment of his Government to provide adequate drinking water to the people of Gurgaon, he said an NCR canal having a capacity of 800 cusecs was being constructed at a cost of Rs.225 crore to meet the drinking water needs of Gurgaon. The canal, which would be completed within next two years, would supply 600 cusecs water to Gurgaon.

“Speedy development of Gurgaon is my Government’s priority,” Mr. Hooda asserted while stating that Rs.776 crore would be spent on the integral development of Gurgaon. Also, three road over-bridges were being constructed and four-laning of the Gurgaon-Alwar road was under way. Gurgaon would undergo a complete metamorphosis with the extension of metro rail to the city by 2010, he added.