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Posh south to have a dry festive season

Posh south to have a dry festive season
Water crisis is on anvil for the south Delhi residents in the upcoming festive season, as the Upper Ganga Canal, which feeds Sonia Vihar Water Treatment Plant [WTP] supplying water in south Delhi, is to be closed for de-silting for around 20 days. From the mid of October to first half of November is going to be a dry time for south Delhi.

The canal feeds around 470 cusec of Ganga water to Sonia Vihar WTP, which produces 635 MLD of water for south Delhi area.

‘The canal will be fully closed in mid-October for de-silting and cleaning for around 20 days and will be operational in the mid of November. We are waiting for the official schedule of cleaning,’ said R K Agarwal, General Manager of Water and Sewage department of Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam [GNN]. The water supply in south Delhi areas such as Lajpat Nagar, New Friends Colony, Sangam Vihar, Malviya Nagar and some parts of Okhla, would be poor in these days.

The upcoming festive season of Dusshera falls in this closing period.

‘The water supply in the canal will be normal before Diwali,’ added Agarwal.

Besides Sonia Vihar WTP, the Upper Ganga Canal feeds water to treatment plants in Ghaziabad and Noida. The officials of Delhi Jal Board [DJB], however, denied any such report.

‘We don’t have any such information and will tell you when any official information comes,’ said a senior official of DJB.

Besides south Delhi, water supply in Noida and Trans Hindon townships of Ghaziabad such as Vaishali, Vasundhara and Indirapuram will also be adversely affected due to no supply of Ganga water.

‘The only water tretament plant for townships of Ghaziabad will have to be shut down completely for around one month. However, arrangements are being made to supply water through tube-wells,’ said Agarwal.

The region has around 26 tube wells but it will not be sufficient to make the supply normal. The underground water in Noida is too salty to be drunk so it is mixed with Ganga water to make it potable.

Noida receives around 20 cusec of treated Ganga water from Pratap Vihar WTP in Ghaziabad, which also supplies 30 cusec to townships in Ghaziabad. In all, around 15 lakh people would be affected due to closing of the Upper Ganga Canal.
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