Haryana to build 65-km water supply channel for NCR

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Chandigarh, Jan 23 (UNI) The Haryana Government has decided to construct over 65 km-long National Capital Region (NCR) Water Supply Channel at a cost of Rs 225 crore supply to the fast growing Gurgaon town and other proposed townships of Haryana State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and SEZs by corporate developers in the area.

While stating this here today, the Haryana PWD and Irrigation Minister, Capt Ajay Singh Yadav said Haryana Chief Minister, Bhupinder Singh Hooda would lay the foundation stone of this channel on January 28 at village Kakroi in Sonipat district. The construction of this channel would be completed by June 2009, he added.

He said initially the channel would have water carrying capacity of 500 cusecs, but a provision would be made to increase its carrying capacity to 800 cusecs.

The channel would off-take from Delhi Branch and pass through the districts of Sonipat, Rohtak and Jhajjar by gravity flow and have eight head regulators.

The channel would cross Delhi-Rohtak railway line, National Highway No 10, Kundli-Manesar Palwal Expressway, KCB drain and diversion drain No 8.

The Minister said that the construction of this channel has been necessitated to meet the requirement of drinking water in fast transforming Gurgaon town into a metropolitan city and also for other areas like Bahadurgarh, Sampla,Badli,rural areas of district Jhajjar, SEZs and industrial townships at Manesar, Bahadurgarh and Kharkhoda.

At present the water to Gurgaon and Bahadurgarh towns was being supplied through a channel constructed in the year 1994-95 with a capacity of 135 cusecs, which had already been increased to 200 cusecs. The remaining requirement of 800 cusecs of water, out of the ultimate projected demand of 1000 cusecs, would be met through this new NCR Water Supply Channel.

Capt Yadav informed that out of the total cost of the project, Rs 80 crore would be borne by Haryana Urban Development Authority, Rs 40 crore by HSIIDC and remaining Rs 105 crore by the Irrigation Department.

He said the channel would be constructed in such a manner that it would not only prevent theft of canal water through siphoning, but also considerably reduce maintenance cost.

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