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35K families in New Gurugram still do not have access to water supply

35K families in New Gurugram still do not have access to water supply

Gurugram: Thirty-five thousand families in New Gurugram do not have access to water supply as pipelines have not been laid in these areas. Despite assurances given by the Gurugram metropolitan development authority (GMDA), the deadline is not being met due to various challenges. The families in the sectors are getting their water supply from tube wells and tankers.

The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has promised to complete work on laying pipelines in the coming months, covering most of the new sectors between 58 and 115. However, the work in sectors 68-90 is still stuck due to hurdles related to land acquisition.

To provide piped water to new sectors, the development authority has already augmented the capacity of Chandu Budhera water treatment plant.

"We have increased the capacity of Chandu Budhera plant; the increased capacity will be used to cater to only the new sectors. We have also raised the capacity of the water boosting station in Sector 51," said a senior official from GMDA.

The official further said that GMDA has a plan to set up a boosting station in Sector 72. But it would take around two and a half years to be built. Thus, initially, the Sector 51 boosting station will be used for supplying water to the new sectors.

On the current status of work on laying internal pipes to connect the master pipeline with households in different sectors, GMDA officials said the new sectors from 58 to 115 have been divided into four phases –58-67, 68-80, 81-95 and 95-115. Pipes for the first phase, comprising sectors along Golf Course Road Extension, are being laid. And according to officials, the supply will start in the mid of 2019.

For sectors between 81 and 95, land acquisition has been completed for laying the pipelines. But Huda is yet to allow alternative plots to landowners, which may take a few more weeks. Also, the pipelines have to cross the railway tracks, for which GMDA officials are already in talks with the railways.

"They had asked us to deposit Rs 15 crore. We have already approved Rs 6 crore, which will be given to them within the next week. They will need a month to complete their process and we will need another month after that to complete the pipe laying work. This phase should start getting piped water in the next two-three months," said the senior official from GMDA.

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