Gurgaon residents move court on water storage, DLF says supply hurdles to blame
GURGAON: Residents of DLF have filed a petition in the district court against the developer, seeking water storage capacity in keeping with the builder licence agreement. They said inadequate water storage was had worsened the supply crisis they were going through.
According to residents, while Huda has installed the complete distribution network and adequate water is being pumped into the master lines, it is the developer’s responsibility to construct underground tanks with adequate storage capacity.
Petitioner T S Satishan told ETRealty (TOI) that the residents of DLF were not getting adequate water owing to lack of augmentation and upgrade of the water supply system. “The capacity of the underground water storage tanks is simply not enough. The developer is at fault because inadequate water storage has worsened the water crisis in the area,” Satishan, an advocate, said.
Currently, each phase in DLF has water storage capacity of about 24 lakh litres. Over 20MGD water is supplied by Huda to DLF phases 1, 2 and 3. Residents said there was a need to build four to five additional water storage tanks with capacity of 6 lakh litres each in DLF.
“Some blocks, including D and E in DLF Phase 1, Block M in DLF Phase 2 and Block T in DLF Phase 3, always face issues because of inadequate supply. The developer has to build four to five more tanks to cope with the needs in the peak season,” said Deepak, a resident of DLF Phase 2.
DLF residents also alleged that the department of town and country planning (DTCP) should also be held accountable for having given the licence to the developer which hadn’t fulfilled the terms of the licence agreement. R S Rathee, president of DLF Qutub Enclave RWA, said the licence issued in 1981 to the developer and the partial completion certificate issued to it specifically directed it to arrange adequate water supply and storage.
“Besides the individual property buyers’ agreement says the developer will supply enough water to the residents. However, it is now more than 30 years, and year after year the supply is decreasing and the residents are forced to face more issues,” Rathee said.
When contacted, a DLF spokesperson told ETRealty (TOI), “We have 1.6 times more storage than required and also more than what is mentioned in the licence agreement. However, storage falls short as there is severe shortage of water supply.”