'Water mafia' responsible for ongoing crisis in city, say Gurugram residents
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'Water mafia' responsible for ongoing crisis in city, say Gurugram residents

Gurugram is currently reeling under severe water crisis and demands reached up to 410 million gallons daily (MLD) on Monday evening – the highest for a day in this season.

Further, officials have claimed that it could reach up to as high as 425 MLD over the next couple of days.

As the crisis deepens, various areas in the city have become dependent on private tankers to fulfill their water needs on a daily basis.

Officials from the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), said that demand for water increased from 385 MLD 15 days ago to 410 MLD on June 3.

GMDA executive engineer Sandeep Dahiya said, “We do not have a suitable reply if there is still crisis in some parts of the city. We supply water from the two water treatment plants at Basai and Chandu Budhera to our two boosting stations at Sector 16 and Sector 51. The water then goes onwards to the city. We are not responsible for the distribution of water.”

Dahiya further claimed that GMDA supplied 270 MLD water from the Basai plant and 140 MLD water from the Chandu plant on Sunday.

However, five blocks -- U, V, W, S and T -- in DLF, 3,500 families residing in pockets A, B and C in Sector 21 and 2,000 families in Dundahera village have been suffering from an acute water shortage since the last five days.

Ashok Jain, a resident of T Block, DLF 3, said, “Water is supplied at 7 am in the morning and 4 pm in the evening. At the time of water supply, electricity goes off. This is done to encourage the water mafia as we have to depend on private tankers to fulfill our requirements. We have complained to the district administration and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN) regarding this issue. We have not received a single drop of water in the last seven days.”

When DHBVN executive engineer Sachin Yadav was questioned regarding the issue, he said, “I am not aware of the electricity problem in DLF 3 but I will get it verified and fixed.”

The Municipal Corporation of Gurugram is responsible for distribution of water to the entire city, except the licensed colonies. Vikas Malik, executive engineer, MCG said, “There is no fault in the water distribution line. We attend to every complaint promptly.”

Like DLF 3, Sector 21 and 22 too are reeling under huge shortage of water. SN Yadav, a resident of Sector 21, said, “Nearly 200 families in C and D Block, are nowadays dependent on private tankers due to lack of water supply.”

Vinay Pratap Singh, deputy commissioner (DC), Gurugram, said, “I have received some complaints regarding water mafia and have ordered inspection of various sites.”

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