Millennium City seems to be battling a host of problems. While monsoon showers brought the city to a halt just last week, New Gurgaon lies in the grip of a severe water crisis. Many areas, including all phases of DLF, Sushant Lok I, and sectors 17, 18, 21, 23, 46, 47, 49 and 57, had no water supply over the weekend.
Residents allege that they have not been getting adequate water supply for the past two days. “We are fed up with complaining about the same problem again and again. Officials have just turned a deaf ear to our woes. Water scarcity seems to have become a regular problem in New Gurgaon,” said Sandeep Khandolia, a resident of DLF H Block.
The authorities claim that a major portion of the water is supplied from the Yamuna. There is no clarity on Gurgaon’s daily water demand and its supply. While residents claims that the daily demand for water stands at 200 MGD (million gallons per day), Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) claims it is not above 75 MGD.
The old city still gets supply from HUDA and the public health department, but most of the colonies in New Gurgaon still do not have any supply from HUDA and are entirely dependent on groundwater for their daily requirement. Residents have to rely on water from illegal borewells.
The RWA representatives from Sushant Lok I, II and III, Suncity and Ardee City have brought the issue before the officials several times. A resident, Subhash Devdut, said, “This is a prime requirement and there has to be a solution to this persistent problem.”
The residents of the new city have been depending on tankers to meet their water needs. “We are dependent on water tankers or on bottled water. Sometimes, the water we are supplied is muddy and unfit for consumption,” said Anmol Trikha, a resident of Ardee City.
Residents say that tankers, too, are not enough, and they fail to bridge such a huge deficit. Moreover, more often than not, the civic bodies give no prior information regarding such eventualities.
HUDA officials, on the other hand, are busy cleaning drains and managing the city’s choke points. “Everyone is busy managing floods. The supply has been affected from the Basai water treatment plant because of some power default. In all probability, water supply will be restored by this evening,” said an official on condition of anonymity.