The residents in Gurgaon had to face water shortage on Saturday morning because a private dumper damaged the main water pipeline of Chandu Budhera water treatment plant. The operations at the plant were shut for more than 12 hours due to damage to the line.
The areas where water shortage was witnessed included Sushant Lok, South City, DLF, Sun City, Ardee City, sectors 21, 22, 23, 4 and 5, among others. The water supply only got normal in the afternoon.
As per the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), it supplies 140 million gallons a day (MLD) water to the city from Chandu Budhera water treatment plant. The water is being supplied to 9.5 lakh population of the city.
However, during the summer time, 550 MLD is required in the city. But, GMDA is only able to supply 410-425 MLD.
A senior GMDA engineer informed that the dumper had badly damaged the air valve of 1600 mm pipe on Thursday night. He added that there was huge leakage after the damage and whole area was inundated.
“We have asked the police to trace the person responsible for the irreparable loss of treated water and plant infrastructure. We stopped water supply from plant to conserve water. However, supply was affected to some parts of the city and we restored the supply by Friday afternoon,” Lalit Arore, superintending engineer (SE), GMDA, said.
“By the time we reached the spot, the driver fled with the dumper, which we think is being used for the earth filling work on private land near the plant,” an engineer said.
Dinesh Vashisth, a resident of Sector 5, said, “We have a shortage of canal water these days and we have to hire private tankers to fulfill our requirement.”TAGS: Water shortage in Gurgaon / Dumper damages water pipeline / Chandu Budhera water treatment plant / Water supply in Gurgaon / Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority / Gurgaon news