In a meeting on Wednesday, Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi directed private developers to shut down all registered tubewells used for supplying drinking water in colonies developed by them. The directions were given to conserve ground water, officials said.
“They have been advised to take the necessary amount of water from Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), which claims it has more water than there is demand for,” R S Sangwan, DPRO (Gurgaon), said.
According to Sangwan, the meeting was attended by representatives of DLF, Ansal Enterprises, Uppal Southend and Mayfield Gardens, among others.
“Vidyarthi also directed the developers to prepare a status report on the condition of roads, water supply, street lights, sewerage, storm water drainage, parks and community centres in the colonies developed by them, and submit it within a week,” Sangwan said.
The move comes after principle secretary to the Haryana chief minister, S S Dhillon, pulled up Gurgaon administration for the poor condition of civic amenities and infrastructure in the district.
“HUDA has enhanced the capacity of treatment plants and treated water is now available in abundance. In fact, HUDA claims that there is more water than there is demand, so it will provide water to all the colonies and it is the responsibility of the developers to distribute it within the colony,” Vidyarthi said.
According to HUDA, the scarcity of water was because only two major pipelines from the reservoirs were supplying water to Gurgaon. That resulted in the developers providing water to affected pockets through tubewells.
“Now a third pipeline has also been put in place, resulting in the supply of almost 104 million gallons per day, which is more than what is needed. However, we can install boosters to maintain bulk supply in any area should there be a need,” an official said.
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