Ranney well project to augment water supply

23 Jun 2014, Hindustan Times (Delhi) HT Live

The city is going to be flooded with potable water in a few months as cash -starved Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) has resumed the Ranney well project to augment water supply with the state government aid of Rs 20 crore to go ahead with under the Water Works Scheme for the city.

The civic body also plans to secure a loan of over ` 100 crore from Housing Urban Development Cor poration Limited (HUDCO) for the remaining part of its share to complete the project.

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. MCF has to arrange ` 123 crore for meeting its share of funds to complete the project.

The City Development Plan for the civic turnaround of Faridabad under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission envisaged a Water Works Scheme. The scheme worth ` 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 MCF, the Central grant of 50% and remaining 20% by the state government could not be provided. Second, the pipelines from the Ranney wells that were to be dug up in the Yamuna riverbed had to pass over the Agra Canal. As the land adjoining the Agra Canal belongs to 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 commissioner Vikas Yadav said the work on the Ranney well is on and it is likely to be completed in two months. "I have visited 400 tube wells. The water supply situation is not that bad and I am told that it is better than the previous years. While Mirzapur and Budhena water boosters are working efficiently, the areas in Ballabgarh zone that have been facing scarcity will see visible results soon," he said.

Yadav said the remaining amount of our share for the scheme will be arranged through load from HUDCO. MCF sources said the government is not taking any chances in the assembly polls scheduled to be held later this year. While all pending projects are being speeded up, the water works scheme in Faridabad also needs to be completed soon, said a source.


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