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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 2:11 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 2:11 AM (IST)

Water crisis stares Mohali in the face

Demand reaches 32-MGD mark | Uncertainty over supply from Kajauli Waterworks

MC to spend Rs 60 cr from Centre’s grant

  • The Mohali Municipal Corporation is set to spend an amount of Rs 60 crore, which it got from the Central Government, for the augmentation of water supply in the town. Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Dhiman said as many as 16 new tubewells would be installed. Existing pumps at the WTPs and pumping machinery at the boosting station in Phase X would also be replaced, he added.

Water demand high in Mohali

  • In Mohali, where the population is over 2 lakh, the water demand has touched the 32-MGD mark. The town, at present, gets 13 MGD. Ten MGD is supplied from the four pipelines of the Kajauli Waterworks, Phases I, II, III, IV, while 3 MGD is fetched through tubewells.

Project cost up

  • The Rs 156-crore project was launched in March 2012. The deadline, which was August 31, 2013, could not be met. The cost of the project has now escalated to Rs 200 crore.
Water crisis stares Mohali in the face
Pipes lying along a road in Kharar. Tribune photo: Vicky Gharu

Akash Ghai

Tribune News Service

Mohali, April 20

Water crisis is staring Mohali in the face as the demand has touched the 32-MGD mark while the supply is only 13 MGD.

Though the local authorities and politicians keep claiming that water will be supplied from the pipeline of Phases V and VI of the Kajauli Waterworks, it won’t happen anytime soon as the project is expected to take at least two years to complete.

Whether Mohali will get ‘extra’ water from the new pipeline, which has the capacity to bring 80 MGD water, is still uncertain.

Through this pilot project, Chandigarh and Mohali will get extra 40 MGD water. The cost of the project, which has now crossed the figure of Rs 200 crore, is being borne by GMADA and the Chandigarh Administration.

Sources said Haryana too had given a nod to Chandigarh to fetch 40 MGD water, but had raised concern over GMADA’s aim of getting water from the new pipeline.

“Without Haryana’s consent, we will not get even a single drop of water from the Kajauli Waterworks,” said a senior official of GMADA.

Now, GMADA is contemplating asking for 20 MGD water from the supply that the Chandigarh Administration is going to get.

“If the Chandigarh administration will not agree to give water from its share and Haryana will not relent, Mohali will not be able to get extra 40 MGD water from the new pipeline,” said the official. However, Mohali will be able to get 5 MGD water from Chandigarh’s share as per the arrangement.

Even five years after the launch of the project, the work of laying the 23.5-km pipeline has not been completed. Besides, GMADA has to set up a water treatment plant at Shinhpur village where 35.22 acres has already been acquired.

“It will take us two years to complete the project,” said the official.

The work of laying a 7.5-km pipeline from Sinhpur to the WTP at Sector 39, Chandigarh, by the UT Administration is also on.

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