The Gurgaon district administration is planning to lay an underground power line from a power sub-station in Daulatabad to HUDA’s water treatment plants, so that frequent tripping of power supply due to faults in overhead cables and at a feeder station does not affect water supply, according to R S Sangwan, DPRO (Gurgaon).
“The proposal comes in the wake of the drinking water shortage in parts of Gurgaon during the first week of this month, in spite of availability of enough treated water and pipelines in good condition,” Sangwan said.
At present, the water treatment plants draw power from overhead lines from the Daulatabad sub-station and a feeder station in Sector-10 A. Executive engineer V K Aggarwal said the feeder plant was currently being upgraded and would be completed in 15 days.
“So, right now power supply to the water treatment plants is only through overhead lines from Daulatabad sub-station. These lines not only suffer from technical faults, but also trip during storms and rains. So, another underground electricity line is needed,” Aggarwal said.
In a meeting chaired by Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi on Monday, HUDA superintending engineer Adarsh Gupta said, “When power trips, water recedes in the pipeline. It takes time to fill the pipelines again and build up adequate pressure to pump the water as major parts of the city are on a higher level than the plants. Six big machines are used for this, which need at least 5 MVA power supply.”
Vidyarthi directed the authorities to formulate a proposal for an underground power line, which will be sent to the Urban Development department for approval.