Noida: Residents of Noida complained about the water shortage in their respective residential societies and homes. They grumbled about taps running low for continuously a week, disrupting day to day routine of individuals.
On Friday, Ganga Line near Chhijarsi Sector-63 Noida burst due to which more than 25 sectors in Noida are affected by short supplies and it will take at least a week to clean and install new pipelines.
Due to low pressure, people are finding it difficult to fill their tanks. The condition got exacerbated when people started raising concerns over dirty water being supplied to their houses. Although the problem of water in Sector 71 has been there for a long time, after the pipeline ruptured, the problem got aggravated.
It was notified that the authority will carry out the task of cleaning the water supply line during this month. However, neither the authority nor RWA took any action to manage the shortage, a resident whined.
The Noida Federation of Apartment Owners Associations (NOFAA) wrote a letter to the CEO of Noida Authority, Mrs. Ritu Maheshwari escalating the issue of Ganga water supply. The letter clarified that water is not consistent in a major part of the city. It also quoted that the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) levels have crossed 1,200 ppm which is double the normal standard of 500 ppm.
“The Ganga water supply comes twice a day and that too for a short duration of 1.5 hours. The pressure is so low nowadays that it leaves residents bereft of enough water. There are several societies in sectors 50, 62, 61, 71 and other nearby sectors spread across Noida, all have raised this issue" the NOFAA wrote in their letter.
Rajiv Singh, president of NOFAA, said “The Recycled water from the sewage treatment plants in our city needs adequate usage. The groundwater is depleting faster in Noida than we thought. Measures like Rainwater harvesting, planting of more trees and river water usage needs to be carried out like war-front basis to slow down the fast-changing climate and bring in an ecological balance to provide a better future to our coming generations in NOIDA”
The city currently requires 24L liter daily (MLD). Ganga water is now available to almost every sector in the city. Some groundwater is extracted too from the Upper Ganga canal, which supplies the water to Noida.
Work on the project, to supply Ganga water to households in the remaining Sectors, was initiated in March 2018. Somehow, the work to set up the pipeline was delayed due to Metro construction work in Sector 62 and other nearby areas.
Residents have also demanded higher officials in Noida Authority to make an alternate arrangement for water supply. The authorities are requested to supply at least 3 hours of water every day to the residents so that they do not have to face trouble. But, the average daily time is 1.5 hours. The supply can be only improved if the right steps are taken in time to avoid the water supply disruption.
BM Pokhriyal, deputy general manager of the NOIDA water department cleared that the localities in the city where residents face water problems are getting water from grounded tube wells that extract water from the ground. To evade the situation tanker water is just a call away.
UP Jal Nigam cleans the upper Ganga water annually during October or November. This time situations have occurred at unusual times. The authority supplies drinking water from groundwater resources and also provides tankers wherever needed. The same would be done until the water pipelines are fixed in the next two weeks.
Jagdish Yadav, Working President of RWA Sector 71, complained that residents of apartments are complaining more about the short supply of water supply as Noida Industrial Development Authority is under unwanted maintenance. also, the Late Monsoon and flooding of Rivers have affected reservoirs. The authority is carrying out cleaning of the main supply line from mud and Reservoirs are getting extended.
Also, the current pipeline that supplies water to households cannot bear the heavy pressure of water. So, societies are getting the supply lines revamped. The whole process is going to take at least 1 more week. So, it is safe to assume that the water shortage in our area will be fixed by next weekend, Jagdish added.
The water shortage looms in major parts of the city, the problem will be sorted out within a few days. Until then, citizens of Noida continue to suffer due to unwanted circumstances.
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