Trans-Hindon, specially Vasundhara Zone in Ghaziabad is reeling under a severe water crisis after suspension of Ganga water supply for a month. In fact, the problem is quite acute in Noida also as many newly built sectors were already receiving Ganga water. However, the fear is that in near future, with rising population graph due to many new housing societies coming up in Vaishali, Vasundhara, Indirapuram and Noida and the increasing occupancy, the demand for water would increase manifold (although there is no official data for it).
However, it is in Vasundhara Zone manned by Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam (GNN) that the pinch is being felt the most it appears, as the Nigam area is far larger than of the GDA. Many old-time residents of Vasundhara Zone whom delhincrnews.in spoke to opined that water problem is becoming a perennial issue not just because of rising population but also because the infrastructure (including reservoirs, overhead tanks, pipelines) is on the wane, having been laid almost 20 years ago in most colonies be it Vaishali or Vasundhara.
Hence, as a result, the pipelines that supply water to Vasundhara and Vaishali are old and decrepit and could be leaking from various places. This is a challenging task for the GNN as the water supply often gets laced with mud or sewer or drainage water before being supplied to homes.
Many residents are already complaining about smelly and muddy water that is being supplied nowadays in Vaishali Sector 1 and Vasundhara Sector 17. They also complain that they are barely getting a half an hour supply in 24 hours that makes it difficult to perform daily chores. Compare this to the 2.5 hour supply morning and evening in Vivek Vihar at the East Delhi border!
Several residents say that both the GNN and the GDA are never prepared for this exigency (arising out of halting of Ganga water supply from Haridwar) and the same old story is being repeated every year. The tubewells are never dug in advance and the residents pass this time thinking that it is in their fate to do so.
Due to these factors residents across these colonies have installed individual submersible pumps that have led to the already fallen water table fall further down to almost 250 feet- an alarming situation by itself.
Senior GNN officials however pointed out that the GNN is merely a distributing agency when it comes to Ganga water supply and is dependent on UP Jal Nigam which in turn is dependent on UP Irrigation Department for supplying Ganga water through Upper Ganga Canal (Gang Nahar).
However what the GNN and the GDA could do is to shore up their water distribution infrastructure that could mainly comprise digging up more tubewells (10 HP & 20 HP) and re-laying new pipelines- namely PVC ones in place of rusting iron ones. An effort in this direction could well provide a solution to the water woes the residents are facing presently.
–Problems residents are “generally” facing in Vaishali & Vasundhara
Just half an hour supply on an average in 24 hours
Smelly & muddy water
–Prasoon Pant, Editor, delhincrnews.in