TWO MONTHS into the scorching summer, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) is yet to fulfill its promise of providing 25 million litres daily (MLD) of treated water to parks across the town.
A tertiary water treatment plant was set up in Sector 20 at a cost of Rs 40 crore to provide supply of treated water to parks and green belts of all the sectors in Panchkula and houses of over 1 kanal. The idea was to stop wastage of drinking water, which is currently being used to irrigate parks and use treated waste-water from the treatment plant for the purpose.
However, HUDA continues to extend the deadlines, as it fails to meet the ones set earlier. Superintending Engineer (SE), N K Verma had told Chandigarh Newsline that the water would be available by May 30.
“Earlier, we waited for several years for the tertiary treatment plant to be set up and when it has been set up, then we are waiting for the water to be released. Crores of rupees were spent on the treatment plant but it has not been able to meet the purpose for which it was made functional,” said Subhash Papneja, a resident of Sector 16.
At present, the water is only being supplied to Golf Course in Sector 3, where the water requirement is the highest among all green belts. HUDA has laid 100-km underground pipelines and put valves across the sectors for Rs 15 crore. A total of five boosting stations have also been set up in Sector 3, 5, 15 and Phase I and Phase II of Industrial Area.
According to HUDA officials, the project is stuck due to a delay in installing power connections. A proposal was sent to Uttar Haryana Bijli Vittran Nigam (UHBVN) but there has been no headway since.
“Every summer, we are promised that adequate water supply will be provided, and each time, they fail to fulfill the promise. May has already ended, so when will the water be released? We were hoping that problem of inadequate drinking water would be met this summer to some extent, if we do not use it for parks. But, with the project moving at snail’s pace, we cannot hope much,” said S K Nayyar, President, Citizen Welfare Council.