Social media, on Tuesday, was flooded with the posts related to water scarcity in Raj Nagar extension and other parts of Ghaziabad. It is noteworthy that water supply through Ganga canal is disrupted because of maintenance work in Muzaffarnagar. Ganga canal is the major source for Jal Nigam to supply water in Ghaziabad district, so the shutdown of the canal has impacted the whole city.
While speaking to the CitySpidey’s correspondent, Alok Kumar, President of FedAoA mentioned, "Water problem in Raj Nagar is persistent irrespective of Ganga Canal shut down. Water supply is only available for an hour on normal days. Majority of the population is dependent on the submersible water pumps. The continuous dip in ground water is also a big concern for the residents.” He further added, “TDS of water is around 3000 which makes it harmful for regular use. NGT recommends not to put submersibles in ground but the pollution and scarcity of water supply is making the situation worse. People nowadays put 300 ft long pipes in the ground for water supply.”
The local residents are also filing complaints for water supply in GDA (Ghaziabad development Authority) but they are getting nothing but disappointment. One of the residents of Raj Nagar Extension, Amit Kumar Tanwar said, “There are about 50 societies in Raj Nagar extension, around 3 crore liters of water is getting extracted from the ground everyday. The water supply and basic facilities are nil in this region, every society is using submersible water supply to fulfill their daily requirements”.
Officials of the Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department had Tweeted that the canal will be closed till 5 November and it might impact water supply in Delhi along with other districts of western UP. Water supply in 19 districts of UP, including Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Aligarh, Etah, Hathras and Firozabad, would be disrupted and farmers are likely to face a shortage of water.
The local residents of Raj Nagar Extension are also demanding Rain water harvesting and STP (Sewage Treatment Plant) to work properly. It's been eleven year since Raj Nagar extension got established, but the basic facilities like road, water and transportation are still far away from reach.