The Haryana government has refused to clear a proposal which would have enabled the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) to take over the water supply system from the public health department. The transfer was to come into effect from August 1. No reason has, however, been given by the government for the rejection.
Ram Niwas, financial commissioner-cum-principal secretary, urban local bodies, Haryana, refused to elaborate as to why the proposal had not been cleared.
“I won’t comment on it as the matter is at the Gurgaon corporation level. I think they are in a better position to comment,” he said.
MCG Commissioner Sudhir Rajpal said, “We don’t have problem in accepting the proposal, but it is the government, which has to take the final decision. The proposal was earlier sent to the government. The transfer of water supply is pending for long. Several meetings were held between the public health department and MCG officials and August 1 was set as the deadline.”
“We are ready to hand over the water supply system to the MCG, which is dilly-dallying without reason. We have already submitted details in this regard,” said a public health official.
A high-level meeting was held under the chairmanship of Niwas, in which these issues were discussed and the proposal sent to head office.
The refusal has shattered MCG’s dream to privatise the system to upgrade water supply in its areas.
According to residents, water supply system is not properly managed in MCG areas. People complain of muddy water.
“The MCG says new pipelines will be laid only after it gets the water supply system. Now, that it is not happening, we have no option, but to consume untreated groundwater,” said DC Yadav of Laxman Vihar.