Even as Chandigarh is not likely to get additional water supply in the near future,in the coming months Panchkula and Chandimandir will have to be given their due share. This would imply that the city will receive 9 million gallons daily (mgd) of water less than what is currently being supplied.
As per the agreement,from the four phases of Kajauli,Panchkula is to receive 6 mgd water and Chandimandir 3 mgd. In the absence of a pipeline to Panchkula this water was being utilised by Chandigarh. However,once the work for laying the pipeline is completed water will have to be diverted. The issue was raised in a meeting held recently of the officials of the Municipal Corporation and the UT Administration.
Chandigarh receives 87 mgd of water of which 67 mgd is from Kajauli and 20 mgd from tubewells. The peak summer demand in the city is 113 mgd. There is already a shortage of water during summers. Once the water is diverted,the problems will increase. Already from some areas there are complaints during summers about the shortage of water supply. The upper storeys do not receive sufficient water.
The proposal of the city for augmentation of water supply through Phase V and VI of Kajauli has been hitting roadblocks for the past few years. Due to the ongoing dispute between Punjab and Haryana over sharing of water,Chandigarh is suffering. The city was to get an additional 40 mgd through the next phase of Kajauli. The proposal after being approved by the Centre under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) went into cold storage due to clearance not being received.
Recently the UT Administration proposed that the villages under it as well as the IT Park also be supplied canal water. The officials of the MC have informed them about the gap between the demand and supply which is expected to increase if no solution is found.