GURUGRAM: Around 30,000 families living in 18 new sectors along the Dwarka Expressway will soon get piped water supply. The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has completed laying pipelines for sectors 81-99 to supply potable water. RWAs and developers can apply for water supply from Monday.
The project will be inaugurated on Independence Day by Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and governor Bandaru Dattatreya. GMDA’s water supply wing will accept applications from RWAs and developers for water connections from August 16.
According to GMDA officials, sectors 81-99 have a water requirement of 25 million liters per day (MLD) at present, which is expected to increase to 70.21 MLD in coming years. To supply water to these areas, GMDA has laid pipelines with a collective length of 51.3km at the cost of Rs 76.2 crore. They will supply water from Chandu Budhera and Basai water treatment plants.
The department of town and country planning (DTCP) has issued around 229 licenses for residential and commercial real estate projects in these sectors, out of which around 56 have received occupation certificates. At present, the people living in these sectors are entirely dependent on groundwater and water tankers for their daily needs.
The supply of canal water in new sectors was one of GMDA’s foremost projects. The project, however, missed several deadlines. “We have resolved all issues related to water supply in sectors 81-99 and completed the work of laying the pipelines. Developers of commercial projects and RWAs of residential societies can now apply for water connections,” GMDA chief engineer Pradeep Kumar said.
Residents have welcomed the move. “People have been living in these areas for the past two to three years without regular supply. Water connection will be a big relief and we hope authorities will ensure water supply to the remaining new sectors at earliest,” Praveen Malik from United Association of New Gurgaon, a residents’ group.
“We have been paying Rs 1,000-2,000 each every month for water. Water supply from GMDA will cost much less,” said Yogesh Yadav, a resident of sector 90.
Mukesh Sharma, who lives in Sector 95, said the quality of water supplied through tankers is poor. “Most of the tankers are unhygienic and many children in the society have fallen ill due to the poor quality of water,” he said.