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News: Water supply hit across Gurugram due to outages at Basai plant-21-07-2021


GURUGRAM: Water supply has been disrupted in several parts of the city after heavy rain hit the power supply to Basai water treatment plant.

Several areas, including DLF-1, 2, 3, sectors 15, 17, 31, 38, 45 and 46, Sukhrali village, New Colony and Udyog Vihar, have been affected.
Officials from the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) said supply has been impacted as there was no electricity at the Basai water treatment plant from 8am on Monday and it was restored only around 10.30pm.

The next day, the plant was running at 50% capacity between 6am on Tuesday till around 3.30pm as it wasn’t receiving adequate power supply.

“In the past 24 hours, the Basai plant has been operational for around only eight hours, due to which the water supply has been affected in several parts of the city. We faced frequent power cuts on Tuesday too and the plant was running at 50% capacity as we are not getting the required power. As an alternative, we are getting power supply from another feeder. Although water supply has been resumed now, it will take some time to streamline the distribution of the water supply backlog,” GMDA executive engineer Abhinav Verma said.

When contacted, a senior DHBVN official said power supply had been shut down at the Sector 10A substation as a precautionary measure due to heavy waterlogging, while there was fault in the cables at Daultabad substation. Both these substations supply power to the Basai plant.

“We have made alternative arrangements. The power supply to Basai water treatment plant is on double circuit from Sector 10A and Daultabad substations,” the official said.

Residents, meanwhile, alleged that they have been getting erratic water supply for the past 15-20 days, compelling them to rely on private water tankers. Naveen Rangera, the convener of DLF-3 Residents’ Forum, said: “We have been getting water for hardly 15 minutes daily. Some days there is no water at all.”

Ranghunandan Jolly, another DLF-3 resident, said: “Water supply has been irregular which is causing a lot of inconvenience and we are forced to depend on private water tankers to get water for daily needs.”

Asked about the reports of erratic water supply, GMDA chief engineer Pradeep Kumar said he has spoken to DHBVN chief engineer to restore power supply to the Basai plant at the earliest.

“Also, supply was shut down for 24 hours for the shifting of a pipeline near Basai on July 8, because of which the smooth flow of water distribution was disturbed. It will be streamlined soon. Otherwise, there is no shortage of water supply. I will instruct the officials concerned to look into the matter.”

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