Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has taken over the responsibility of providing water supply to Sushant Lok Phase I with immediate effect.
According to a deficiency assessment report compiled by a private consultant on behalf of MCG last month, the water facilities in this colony — developed by the Ansal Group — was found to be way below the required standards.
Following a series of meetings with developers and RWAs, MCG officials decided to intervene and take over the area’s maintenance.
Here are excerpts from the MCG order:
“RWAs and residents of Sushant Lok I have, from time to time, complained about water supply in the colony… MCG had appointed a consultant to assess the deficient infrastructure provision, and during the process of such assessment, it was learnt that substantial water supply infrastructure was lying idle…”
It further said: “Water is an essential requirement for life and the throttling of water-supply provision to a large number of residents is in contrary to public interest, and several meetings between the licensee and the RWAs failed to resolve the matter. The MCG would take over the water supply infrastructure of Sushant Lok I with effect from August 10, 2017.”
So far, HUDA had been supplying water, while the developer was looking after the maintenance of water-supply infrastructure and billing.
But now, following a directive from Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, MCG will take over maintenance of DLF Phase I, II, III, Palam Vihar, Suncity, Sushant Lok Phase I, South City I and II, and Ardee City to maintain basic civic standards.
V Umashankar, MCG commissioner, confirmed, “Once the legal formalities for the transfer are completed, all actions for the maintenance and delivery of water supply to residents, including billing, will be undertaken by MCG.”
Sushant Lok Phase I, built in 1985, is spread over 600 acres in sectors 27, 28, 43 and 52.
According to the deficiency assessment report, the colony has an overall shortage of 10,500 kilo litres, and only 8 of the 18 tubewells in the area are functional.
Block C suffers from acute water crisis, receiving water for just 10-20 minutes daily.
The pumping machinery installed at various boosting stations is worn out and requires replacement. Owing to leakages in various areas and faulty pipelines, residents have to often depend on private water tankers to meet the shortfall. Furthermore, the sluice valves have been left unused for the past several years.
But things are set to change now, hopefully.