Andher Nagari :Gurgaon

Andher Nagari :Gurgaon 

      People shifted from Delhi to Gurgaon in droves. MNCs, firms, professionals flocked to Gurgaon  hoping that soon it will be an Eldorado as promised by builders. Alas they did not realise that no one can fight the bureaucracy, its  sloth or corruption in the administration.

extracts from a report

       “It was the worst time of my life. Electricity and water were a rare luxury. Invariably there would be a power cut every single day for six to seven hours, sometimes during the night. I just couldn’t live like that,” said Gehlot, who sold off her bungalow and now lives in Ansal Sushant Estate apartments, where she enjoys 100 per cent power back up and 24 hours water supply.
        Gehlot sold off her 300 square yard bungalow for Rs 1.5 crore. A similar bungalow would cost Rs 5 crore in neighbouring Delhi.
        DLF Phase I, II and III, Sector 20 and Palam Vihar are some of the areas where people are regretting having bought plotted villas.
       “There is a power cut of at least six hours every day in our area,” said R.S. Rathi, president of the DLF Phase I residents’ welfare association (RWA).
        Rathi said the problem of power cuts and water shortage was not new. “We have been facing this nightmarish way of living for the past three years,” he said.
       “There is a glaring difference between the demand and supply of power and water. And we thought DLF was a posh locality.”
        Rathi said he knew of several Phase 1 residents who had sold off their mansions and shifted into high-rise apartments apartment. “Water and electricity are too much of a problem here. It’s beyond what I can handle. And it is only getting worse by the day.

       The only reason I don’t want to sell my bungalow is because I am hoping that someday property prices will rise and I might get a good price,” Sahni said.

       As for what HUDA officials believe, the problems have just begun. An official who did not want to be named said: “Gurgaon is a bubble. It’s growing faster than it should. It will burst.”
praveen.kumar@mailtoday.in,
Available power and water resources for a projected population of 10 lakh
Officially, Gurgaon’s population has grown to 16 lakh, but unofficially it is estimated to have touched 20 lakh
Daily demand 450 MW
Peak demand 525 MW in summers
l But the actual supply is only 350 MW (shortfall of about 30 per cent during peak demand period)
l In terms of per unit consumption, there are almost 3.5 lakh electric connections which require about 105 lakh units of power daily in Gurgaon l But Gurgaon manages to generate about 70 lakh units only, almost a shortfall of 30 per cent in per unit consumption l Gurgaon’s power load is rising by 15-20 per cent annually. By 2010 Up to 640 MW
HOPE RESTS ON
l The 300 MW power plant at Yamunanagar and three others in Yamunanagar, Hissar and Jhajjar generate about 1,600 MW of power daily. l Good monsoon will stop power supply being diverted to farms, which consumes 20 per cent of power resources.

Current Water supply

40 MGD (million gallons a day)
l This was meant for a population of I0 lakh. l Part of it gets lost in theft, leakages and unauthorised connections. l This means the actual accounted water supply is even less than 50 per cent of the actual demand — seeing the spurt in population By 2021 126 MGD l Per person consumption of water in Gurgaon:33 litres daily.

HOPE RESTS ON
l Four new water-treatment plants at Chandu Bhadera and Basai village l New channel providing 500 cusecs of water daily but no sign of it coming up in the near future as work has not started yet.

mausam.sharma@mailtoday.in

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