Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, now on a two-day visit to Gurgaon, inaugurated a water boosting station and a media centre for city journalists on Saturday.
The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), which took over the supply of water from the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) on January 1, has constructed an additional water storage tank and boosting station at Sector 16 to supply water to new Gurgaon areas, including Sushant Lok, DLF, South City and Sectors 31-57. With the commissioning of the new boosting station, the residents hope water supply situation will ease this summer.
Inaugurating the boosting station Khattar said, “now there will be no problem in water supply. I believe, the GMDA will be able to provide adequate water across the city.”
The new boosting station, spread over eight acres, comprises one clear water pump and two water tanks of 5,500 kilolitres capacity each.
“The new water boosting station is connected with the Basai water treatment plant and will help the GMDA improve water supply to city residents. An amount Rs 82.40 crore has been spent on building this station,” GMDA executive engineer Sandeep Dahiya said.
The GMDA supplies 104 million gallons per day (MGD) to Gurgaon city. However, the volume is not adequate to meet the daily needs of Gurgaon’s rising urban population. The city needs an extra 50 MGD, and this deficit is the cause of worry every summer.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated a media centre on the fifth floor of the Mini Secretariat.
State public works department (PWD) minister Rao Narbir Singh, Gurgaon MLA Umesh Aggarwal, Gurgaon divisional commissioner D Suresh and Gurgaon deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh, among others, were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the media persons, the chief minister said the media centre, which can accommodate six to seven people, has four desktops and is equipped with a wi-fi network and will help journalists work from the Mini Secretariat.
The centre will remain open during office working hours.
“The journalists, besides informing us about the goings-on in our cities, help us develop a perspective of our society,” Khattar said.
He said the media centre was another step by the state government for the benefit of the journalists. Earlier, the state government has implemented the Patrakar Pension Yojana and new group insurance scheme as well.
The state government has built media centres in each district of the state. Khattar said that the funds needed for buildings these centres were provided by the information, public relations and languages department.
The state government had announced building media centres in every district of the state at a cost of Rs 2 crore a few months ago.
“The media centre has adequate space for seating journalists, and other facilities available here include desktop computer systems, printers and broadband internet. Journalists in the district will benefit from this,” Khattar said.