Faridabad: Water problems and likely solutions

Reverse Osmosis  at tubewells, plan to tap more groundwater

TIMES NEWS NETWORK


Faridabad: The boom in real estate in Faridabad has coincided with a rapid growth in population. It is expected to reach the 15.37-lakh mark by 2011. By 2021, about 21.34 lakh people will live in Faridabad, a figure which is expected to jump to 28.46 lakh by 2031.
The city depends primarily on groundwater and the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) has submitted a Rs 978.77-crore plan to the Centre for improving drinking water supply under JNNURM.

The present population of Faridabad is about 13.37 lakh and its daily water requirement about 201 million litres (MLD). It taps about 115 MLD from 420 deep tubewells and nearly 25 MLD is drawn from two ranney wells located along the Yamuna. The river runs along the length of Faridabad-Ballabgarh at a distance of about 10 km.

Officials say this is not enough and the situation will become critical as the city grows. ‘‘That’s the reason why we have prepared a master plan which is targeted at both short-term and long-term plans. We have included installation of a reverse osmosis (RO) system at the tubewells,’’ says MCF commissioner R K Khullar.

The MCF is likely to spend Rs 137.77 crore in the first phase to increase the supply of drinking water and also improve its quality. This includes setting up of small sewerage treatment plants and provisions for rain water harvesting. ‘‘We have proposed treatment of at least 105 MLD of sewer water in the first phase. The treated water will be used for horticulture purposes,’’ reveals a senior MCF official. An investment of Rs 46.45 crore was required for these facilities.

In this phase, Rs 30.75 crore will be spent for digging 60 new tubewells and laying water supply lines along the Agra-Gurgaon canal. The installation of RO systems will need another Rs 19.35 crore. ‘‘If this plan is approved by the Centre, there will be improvement in water supply in the next six months,’’ an official said.

According to long-term plans, a massive Rs 681 crore will be spent to construct 22 new ranney wells, 147 tubewells, reservoirs and a main feeder. This plan has been prepared keeping in mind the population growth by 2031. Under the plan, Rs 136.43 crore will be spent on laying 645 km of pipelines for the existing water supply network.

FIGURE IT OUT
Total area | 207.88 sq km (approx) Population | 13.4 lakh (based on 2001 census) No of industries| Over
15,000
Authorities responsible for city development | MCF, HUDA & DTCP Water demand| Around
201 MLD
Water supply | Around
140 MLD
Daily solid waste generation | 480 tonnes Waste management plant | None Total road network |
1,218 km
New development region (Neher Paar) will spread over | 5,000 acres (approx)

One Response

  1. Hi,
    I just wanted that people from fARIDABAD CITY pay attention to this article that FARIDBAD is on the of the TOP 10 polluted city of INDIA
    http://green.in.msn.com/environmentalthreats/article.aspx?cp-documentid=3447872&page=8

    How can we make it non-pollutant city

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