The Rs 848-crore project has a capacity of supplying 85 cusecs of clean Ganga water daily to a population of over 10 lahks in the 68 sectors of the township. After its launch, it was claimed Ganga water supply would start in 28 sectors to benefit four lakh residents. The remaining sectors were to get the river’s water by March this year.
Currently, only 11 sectors are getting Ganga water while efforts are on to regularize the supply in 17 other sectors over the next month.
Technical faults, such as a lack of air valves in the distribution lines that can rupture pipelines and frequent flooding of reservoirs with dirty water requiring multiple flushing, may actually delay the water supply to all sectors by another five-six months.
Also, the work on underground reservoirs and doorstep connection is far from complete, and may further add to the delay.
The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) has issued multiple letters to the Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (UPRNN), which is constructing the project, to complete the work. It has also imposed Rs 40 lakh in penalty for the delay.
GNIDA has also written to the state government urging it to direct UPRNN to repair the faults in the works that have been executed and speed up the project’s completion.
It took 17 years for the Ganga water project to come to fruition in Greater Noida. First conceived in 2005, the supply network to get river water from the Upper Ganga Canal in Hapur up to Greater Noida was built between 2012 and 2014. A 176-km-long pipeline network has been laid for the project too.
In the absence of Ganga water, the residential, commercial and industrial sectors continue to depend on groundwater that is salty.