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Ranney wells to augment water supply by March 31

16 Dec 2013, Hindustan Times (Delhi)HT Live

The city is soon going to be flooded with potable water in a few months courtesy election year when the all the pending works see a deluge. The most essential part of the Water Works Scheme for the city, Ranney wells, will start supplying water by March 31, 2014.

A Ranney well being built in Greater Faridabad.

The water supply will be augmented by 200 million litre per day (MLD) in the city. The per capita consumption per head in urban areas is 165 litre. Thus the Ranney well water will meet the demand of additional 12.12 lakh people.

The City Development Plan for the civic turnaround of Faridabad under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) envisaged a Water Works Scheme. The scheme worth Rs 493 crore was approved in January 2009 and was scheduled to be completed by 2011 end. However, owing to the paucity of matching funds of 30% of the total project cost by the cash-starved Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF), the Central grant of 50% from the Centre and remaining 20% by the state government could not be provided. Second, the pipelines from the Ranney wells to be dug up in the Yamuna riverbed had to pass over the Agra Canal. As the land adjoining the Agra Canal belongs to the Uttar Pradesh Irrigation Department (UPID), MCF had to get an approval from UPID for laying the pipelines passing over the Agra Canal. There was a delay by UPID in approving the laying of the pipelines. The third reason for the delay in the completion of the project was due to the problems arising in the land acquisition in Haryana in the areas through which the pipelines were to pass.

MCF executive engineer RK Bansal, who is looking after the project, said 10 Ranney wells are to be laid under the scheme that will augment the supply by 200 MLD. "All the hurdles have been removed and we have to complete the project by March 31. Six Ranney wells are ready and 90% of the pipelines have already been laid. We are hopeful to start the supply from the Ranney wells by March 31 next year. Water will be in such abundance that the supply will be much higher than the demand," said Bansal.

MCF sources said the Congress-ruled state government is not taking any chances with the general elections likely to be held in April-May next year.

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