Gurugram: The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) took a stern step and cut the water supply connection to Mayfield Garden in Gurugram after it did not pay the maintenance fee.
The total maintenance fee amount to Rs eight lakhs and sixty-five thousand has not been paid. It is expected that over 400 families are left without water supply and is therefore at the mercy of the tankers. This type of action is one of the first that is being taken by the public agency against a builder.
“We were left with no option. Despite several notices, the builder did not pay the maintenance fee and therefore the water supply connection was cut,” said a senior official from GMDA. The action of the public agency also comes at a time when concerns have already been expressed of the falling groundwater reserves in the city.
According to data obtained from the agricultural department’s groundwater cell, from 2014 to 2018, the groundwater table fell by 2.5 metres in Gurugram district and by three metres in Gurugram city.
The department of agriculture also found that in 2018, the district overdrew on its groundwater reserves by 226 percent. Gurugram city alone overdrew its supply by 308%. In 2013, the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB) had categorised the district as “over-exploited”.
To make sure that there is no further exploitation the public agency is now trying to make sure that there is piped water supply in the new sectors of Gurugram that are still dependent on tankers for their water needs. Thirty-five thousand families in New Gurugram do not have access to the water supply as water pipelines have not been laid in these areas. Despite assurances given by the Gurugram metropolitan development authority (GMDA), the deadline is not being met due to various challenges. The families in the sectors are getting their water supply from tube wells and tankers. The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) has promised to complete work on laying pipelines in the coming months, covering most of the new sectors between 58 and 115. However, the work in sectors 68-90 is still stuck due to hurdles related to land acquisition.