Gurugram in disaster: Why parched residents should pay by way of their nostril for water


For the reason that Mahajans shifted to Sushant Lok 1 from Delhi 4 years in the past, they’ve been spending a 3rd of their earnings on water. “I work at a journey company and earn 25,000 per thirty days. We spend almost 8,000 on water from non-public tankers. Issues haven’t been simple for the reason that pandemic and it’s taking a toll on us,” says Vineet Mahajan (28) who additionally pays round 450 each month to Municipal Company of Gurugram (MCG) for metered water provide, which is patchy. The household of three avoids shopping for vegatables and fruits to afford water from non-public tankers, Mahajan says.

In Sushant Lok 3, one other plotted colony, Sanjay Singh (35) is anxious about shelling out cash to the water mafia when he needs to be saving for his retirement. “The water expenditure is consuming into my financial savings and it’s getting costlier by the day,” he says.

To make certain, metered water price is topic to the scale of the plot/home and water tanker costs range from space to space. In Sushant Lok 1, metered water prices 500 per ground, and water from a tanker prices upto 24,000 per thirty days; in Sushant Lok 3, metered water prices 500 per ground and tanker water prices 12,000- 14,000 per thirty days. The MCG provides water through Gurugram Metropolitan Improvement Authority (GMDA) in each areas.

Kavita Gulia (41), who lives in an unbiased home in Sector 22B says she believes it’s higher to dwell in a condominium if one wishes common water provide. “We have now been reserving non-public tankers for water over the past 10 years and nothing has modified for us. Many individuals on this space have bought their homes and left. At the very least they’ve higher dwelling requirements and amenities now,” she says.

The story isn’t any totally different in South Metropolis 1, 2, DLF Phases 1 (blocks D and E), 2 and three, and the sectors between 58 and 115 the place residents rely upon water from tankers virtually on daily basis through the summer time.

The Millennium Metropolis that began taking form within the early Eighties has grown past its means.

As per Mahindra – TERI Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Habitat, which launched a report titled ‘Water Sustainability Evaluation of Gururgam Metropolis’ in 2019, town witnessed a speedy improve in inhabitants over the previous decade as a result of availability of jobs and enterprise alternatives however the infrastructure to deal with it’s but to catch up.

The report says that in 2011, the typical per capita provide of water throughout town was 136LCPD (litre per capita per day) which is lower than the 150-200LCPD prescribed by the Nationwide Constructing Code. The whole water provide was 132.9MLD throughout town which was lower than the demand of 195.4MLD in 2011. As a result of scarcity in provide, residents needed to rely upon water tankers and borewells, which led to heavy extraction of groundwater that compelled the Central Floor Water Board, a subordinate workplace of the ministry of water sources, to ban borewells. By 2019, the federal government businesses boosted the power to deal with water and elevated the provision to 450MLD in opposition to the demand of 460MLD, says the TERI report. However resulting from a scarcity of pipeline community in newly growing sectors, insufficient infrastructure in sectors 1 to 57, and outdated boosting stations, the problem remained.

Based on a GMDA official, within the final 4 years, the authority has laid a pipeline community in most sectors, mounted everlasting leakages, and are working to repair points in areas on the tail-end of the provision pipeline.

The state of affairs in condominiums, nevertheless, is comparatively higher than in plotted colonies, as a result of the previous is unfold over a smaller space (10 to twenty acres on common) and requires a smaller pipeline community and fewer boosting stations, say civic company officers. As compared, plotted colonies within the metropolis are unfold over a whole bunch of acres and require large-scale infrastructure, which wants excessive funding and common upkeep. It’s as a result of lack of upgradation of infrastructure in plotted colonies that residents have been demanding switch of upkeep to MCG, they added.

As per authorities information, non-public colonies equivalent to Solar Metropolis, Nirvana Nation, South Metropolis 1 and a couple of, Sushant Lok 1, and Palam Vihar have been transferred to MCG in 2019. 9 extra non-public plotted colonies, equivalent to Ardee Metropolis, Rosewood Metropolis, Malibu Towne and others will probably be transferred to the MCG by the top of this month.

The switch of colonies, nevertheless, has nonetheless not made a lot distinction within the water state of affairs, say residents. “The water state of affairs is similar as earlier than. There isn’t any change regardless of the handover. GMDA and MCG are within the technique of upgrading water pipelines and establishing pumping stations. Till that is performed, there will probably be no change,” says SN Bhardwaj, resident and former president of South Metropolis 2 RWA.

The officers of the GMDA, which was fashioned in 2017 and is now the first water provider for town, say that they’ve been working steadily to enhance the state of affairs, together with in tail-end areas. However whereas they achieve this, non-public water suppliers are making hay. In most areas, police say, they function like a criminal offense syndicate that extracts groundwater illegally, sells it at a premium and is all the time ready to weed out any competitors. With little alternative, harried residents simply develop into their reluctant prospects.

Joginder Singh, former president of the Sushant Lok 2 and three Residents’ Welfare Affiliation (RWA), says they’re utterly depending on water tankers and have to avoid wasting all year long for water bills, identical to faculty charges for his or her kids. “Regardless of a lot growth within the space, there’s a extreme water scarcity. We pay enormous quantities in taxes and upkeep however are nonetheless disadvantaged of fundamental facilities. The authorities, regardless of being totally conscious of the scarcity in water provide, attempt to pin the blame on different businesses and hold asserting new plans to extend water provide however have performed nothing on the bottom within the final 10 years,” he says.

Achal Malhotra, a resident of DLF Part 3 and president of the V Residents Empowerment and Welfare Society, which is a welfare physique of native residents, says they’ve been coping with erratic water provide for a number of years and regardless of approaching the authorities many instances, there was no decision as totally different departments solely blame each other for the disaster. “Final yr, we raised the identical problem with a number of authorities equivalent to GMDA and district administration however nothing occurred. This can be a systemic downside and the federal government ought to type a committee to look into the dearth of provide, low stress and everlasting scarcity of water. The folks in DLF Part 3 and surrounding areas have develop into depending on tankers. There’s a want to repair this downside completely,” he says.

Residents of DLF Phases 1 (blocks D and E), 2 and three, that are located on the tail-end of the provision line, say that water scarcity is an annual summer time characteristic. What additional complicates the state of affairs is that large-scale development of homes and flooring (with authorities permission) is happening in a lot of the phases, which pressurises present sources. Residents say they’ve even seen potable water getting used for development actions.

A spokesperson of DLF, the developer, in the meantime, stated, “The DLF staff is constantly monitoring the state of affairs close to the poor GMDA water provide in DLF Metropolis phases. Our groups are continuously working in synergy with town administration and forms to make sure our residents face minimal inconvenience as a result of ongoing water disaster in Haryana.”

Residents of unbiased homes in Sector 46, in the meantime, say they’ve been dealing with water scarcity for over 20 years. “We have now constructed overhead and underground tanks, however throughout summers we solely use them to retailer water we get from tankers, which the operators cost as per demand. The fee has elevated by as much as 30% within the final two years,” Rajkumar Yadav, president, RWA.

Sudhir Sachdeva, a member of the Sushant Lok RWA, says that motors on the boosting station of their space typically don’t work. “Regardless of our repeated requests for extra water provide from GMDA/MCG– which was permitted over two years ago– due to the rise within the variety of households within the space, our struggling is barely growing every day and the expenditure on water tankers has gone up manifold. Every family finally ends up paying over 15,000 a month for water from tankers throughout summers,” he says.

Residents of a number of pockets in Palam Vihar, notably the C1 block, say they’ve been dealing with an identical state of affairs for over 10 years. They are saying they even complain on social media at instances, however to no avail.

In truth, on June 9, residents of Sushant Lok 1 complained to the MCG and GMDA that they hardly received any water provide for the final couple of months. Previous to that the Greenwood Metropolis residents had lodged an identical criticism of water scarcity. Based on the letter Sushant Lok 1 RWA wrote to the GMDA, a replica of which HT has seen, water is out there at low stress just for about quarter-hour a day for the previous couple of months. The letter additionally mentions the truth that not one of the pipelines or associated infrastructure has been upgraded in the previous couple of years.

When requested, GMDA officers stated that some non-public licensed colonies had witnessed a speedy inhabitants progress and so they have been scrambling to maintain up with the infrastructure demand. “There’s a have to improve the pipelines in these colonies to reinforce water provide. Both the developer or the upkeep company should improve the inner pipeline infrastructure for augmenting water provide,” stated the official, who spoke on situation of anonymity.

In the meantime, authorities say they’re working to resolve the state of affairs by constructing a brand new water boosting station and laying new pipelines.

Rajesh Bansal, chief engineer, GMDA, says that they have been constructing a brand new water boosting station in Sector 72 to assist enhance provide in colonies and sectors alongside Sohna Highway and Golf Course Extension Highway. Presently the water from Sector 51 is provided to the outer areas, which may be higher utilised regionally, he says. “The boosting station will develop into operational this monetary yr and assist enhance provide to tail-end areas. We have now laid separate parallel pipelines to distribute water from the boosting stations at Sector 16 and Sector 51 and it has improved the state of affairs,” says Bansal.

Bansal additionally says that they’ve deployed Centralized Built-in Water Administration System in 2019 on a 15-km pipeline from Dundahera to Basai to enhance the distribution of water and guarantee ample availability and stress in tail-end areas.

“We’re monitoring provide within the tail-end areas and taking steps to resolve these points completely. There are round 20,000 connections within the metropolis receiving direct water provide and we are actually working with MCG to manage this provide as effectively,” he says.

Beneath the Centralized Built-in Water Administration System , electromagnetic circulation metres, water management valves, and water stage sensors are deployed on the pipeline between Basai and Dundahera . They’re built-in with the Built-in Command and Management System of GMDA at its workplace in Sector 44. GMDA officers say that this technique helps the authority to watch provide in realtime, enable distant operation of water provide and assist the authority enhance distribution of water.

Sudhir Rajpal, CEO, GMDA says that as this centralised water administration system has proved useful, the authority has determined to deploy it on two extra main pipelines. “The proposal on this regard has been permitted,” he says.

MCG, the civic company, distributes water regionally to colonies and sectors inside its jurisdiction throughout town. Nonetheless, resulting from lack of beneath floor water tanks within the space, notably, from Basai to Hero Honda Chowk to Rajiv Chowk, the water is provided immediately to those colonies which have round 20,000 connections. GMDA officers say that the civic physique must assemble underground water tanks in a few of these areas, in order that water is provided in a regulated method. “We have now already taken up this matter with the civic physique officers,” says the GMDA chief engineer.

The authority has additionally been in a position to lay new water pipelines from Sector 58 to Sector 115, that are in growing stage, barring Sector 71 to Sector 80, and this has helped in bringing water to a whole bunch of condominiums alongside the Dwarka Expressway and Southern Peripheral Highway, officers say.

Based on specialists, overdependence on groundwater and the dearth of ample methods to supply water in each deliberate and unplanned areas has led to town changing into completely water-stressed and residents dealing with the brunt of the disaster.

Dr Fawzia Tarannum, assistant professor, TERI College of Superior Research, says, “Since water is delivered to Gurugram from the Yamuna canal, there’s a restricted quantity that may be introduced, handled and provided to residents. The 2 canals which carry water from Kakroi close to Sonipat additionally witness losses resulting from evaporation and pilferage. In such a state of affairs, authorities ought to concentrate on rainwater harvesting, recycling wastewater and utilizing it as a lot as attainable, and in addition lowering the wastage of handled consuming water. The federal government has began engaged on steps to supply metered connections and reviving ponds, which can enhance the groundwater availability,” she says.


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