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Sunday, 20 September 2020

Faridabad civic body halts drive to seal illegal tubewells

Tribune News Service

Faridabad, September 19

The Faridabad Municipal Corporation has halted the drive to seal unauthorised tubewells used for illegally supplying water in the city after as many as 2,500 private tubewell and tanker operators resorted to strike in protest against the action.

The drive was launched recently to curb the menace of the illegal water supply mafia in the city.

Move triggered by protest

  • The drive was launched to curb the menace of illegal water supply mafia in Faridabad
  • About 2,500 private tubewell and tanker operators resorted to strike in protest against the drive
  • The drive resulted in the disconnection of about 60 unauthorised tubewells and hydrants

Revealing that the recent drive resulted in the disconnection of about 60 unauthorised tubewells and hydrants, which had been supplying water in the city, Birender Kardam, superintending engineer, MC, said the registration of FIRs against nine led to unrest and private operators stopped the water supply, resulting in problems to residents in the past 48 hours.

The city has around 250 illegal tubewells or hydrants at present. The price of a full tanker ranges between Rs 700 and Rs 1,000. Claiming that the drive to curb illegal boring of tubewells had not come to an end, he said it had only been halted temporarily keeping in view the problems being faced by residents, who were still dependent on the private supply network.

Meanwhile, the Faridabad Industries Association has also expressed concern, claiming the factories were dependent on the private water supply and any strike could harm their production or work. "The price of a 20 litres jar of RO water jumped to Rs 20 from Rs 10 after the strike by private tubewell operators on Friday," said Ajay Verma, a local.

The city is getting a supply of 224 million litres per day (MLD) against a demand for 232 MLD. While 120 to 125 MLD was being supplied from Ranneywell project based on tubewells in the Yamuna bed, 85 MLD was being sourced from 1,485 tubewells operated by Faridabad MC. A fleet of 250 tankers maintained by the MC is functional besides the private tankers.



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