Water crisis in Gurgaon continues

Supply was first affected due to Jat agitation; shortage now being prolonged because of a cleaning project by Irrigation Department

February 29, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:34 am IST - GURGAON

Cleaning of Gurgaon Water Canal may take up to five days.Photo: AP

Cleaning of Gurgaon Water Canal may take up to five days.Photo: AP

: Residents of the Millenium City are still grappling with the water shortage that arose due to the Jat agitation over reservation more than a week ago. Almost 40 per cent of the city has been hit.

Some of the major affected areas are the upscale DLF Phase I-IV, Old Gurgaon, Sector 1, 2, 3, 5, 21, 22 and 23.

Earlier, the water supply was affected after the agitators breached the Western Yamuna Canal at Sonipat. Although the canal has been repaired, the Irrigation Department has now taken up cleaning of the Gurgaon Water Canal (GWC) in Jhajjar district, which has affected water supply again.

“The irrigation department is cleaning the GWC at Rohad and Matan villages in Jhajjar. The department has deployed two machines for this purpose. These machines can clear 1 km per day. The canal is to be cleared for at least 10 km. It may take at least four-five days for the water supply to improve,” said Deputy Director, Department of Information and Public Relations, Mr. R.S. Sangwan.

A Haryana Urban Development Authority official said that since the supply from GWC had not improved, the Basai Water Treatment Plant would work on 35 per cent capacity and the supplement supply made from tubewells in sectors fed from Basai WTP.

At Chandu Budhera water treatment plant, raw water supply from the NCR channel has increased to about 40 cusecs.

As per authorities of the Gurgaon Municipal Corporation, the city received 40-45 per cent water this past night. The water was supplied in the morning to 60-65 per cent of areas in the city, except the tail-end, where tankers had been pressed into service.

“We are managing in DLF Phases I-IV with 10 water tankers from MCG and 11 from HUDA, which have a capacity of 20,000-30,000 litres. The crisis has affected at least 50,000 families in DLF Phases I-IV itself. We have requested the administration to allow pumping out water from 29 more borewells to tackle the situation. Problems are also partially caused due to diversion of water to Delhi and lack of co-ordination between the authorities,” said Gurgaon Citizen Council president Mr. R.S. Rathee.

Locals, however, contested the claims. “The areas close to the water supply station, such as Krishna Colony, New Colony and Jyoti Park, have also been hit. The administration's claim that supply has been made to 60 per cent of the city seems unreal,” said Mr. Vikas Mehta, a resident of Jyoti Park.

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