Residents of Godrej Summit, a group housing society in Gurugram Sector 104 are having a harrowing time in the wake of water crisis and have been struggling to get the piped water supply for the last ten months.
According to them, the developer got the Occupancy Certificate (OC) in 2017 and since then, they do not have a proper water connection. They informed that initially, in the absence of master water pipeline in the vicinity, they were getting water supplied from Basai water treatment plant through tankers at a cost of Rs 700.
Last year, the developer applied water connection when the GMDA laid a master pipeline in the area and was granted supply of 700 KLD drinking water for domestic purposes.
In January, the developer laid down the pipeline connecting to the master pipeline. However, they alleged the water tanker mafia damaged the water pipelines before it could get connected to the society.
The developer tried to install the water pipeline twice this year in the month of January and May. However, it was damaged by some miscreant with the nexus of tanker mafia working in the area.
“We have already filed the police complaint on the matter,” said Vishal Gupta, a resident of the society.
More than 370 families residing in the society are now dependent on the private tankers which costs Rs 3,000 per tanker. Around 300 KL of water is required to meet the daily needs of the denizens which is served through 20 water tankers.
Namrita Birendra, another resident, said, “We were happy when our water connection was approved by the authority. But we never imagined we would face so much trouble in our bid to connect it to the main pipeline.”
Now that the GMDA stopped supplying water through tanker citing lack of approval from the agency, we are completely dependent on private tanker supply,” she lamented.
They are are not only facing the erratic water supplied but the quality of water supplied through the private tanker is also bad with high TDS level.
“The quality of water is not suitable for bathing leave alone using it for drinking and cooking. Many residents complained of Jaundice and other water-borne disease,” said Abhishek Dwivedi, another resident.
The residents alleged that despite repeated complaints to the concerned department of Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), the GMDA and the police, nothing has been done to check the unlawful activities in the area.
Vicki Nanda said, “It is absurd that people do not fear of the rule of law. Water is the basic necessity and we are denied it. Authorities should take stringent action towards the culprits and ensure the safety piped water.”
Meanwhile, GMDA Chief Engineer, Lalit Arora said, “We have a night patrolling team for Sector 58 to 80 to keep a check on the illegal activities of water mafia. Now that the matter has come to our notice, we will initiate night patrolling in the area too.”