The city’s ambitious Ganga water project again missed its March 2018 deadline. The Greater Noida authority has set a new deadline of October 26, 2018, for the completion of this project.
The 300 crore projects was started in 2010 and was scheduled to be completed in 2013 but has jumped over several deadlines since then. In April 2016, the authority had set March 2018 as the deadline for this project, but its work got delayed. At present, residents depend on hard groundwater for drinking, which is often saline.
“We aim to finish the 11-km pipeline laying work by June 14, 2018. We have completed 26% work on the pipeline needed to bring Ganga water from the Masuri-dehra Ganga Canal to the water treatment plant here that is under construction in Palla village of Greater Noida. Work on the water treatment plant is 21% complete and it will be ready by October 26, 2018,” Greater Noida authority senior official told
The Ganga water project, under which the authority plans to bring 85 cusecs (204 MLD) drinking water was initially delayed due to land disputes between farmers and the state government. Later, the authority took time to get a loan from the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB), a central government agency, meant to help and infrastructure and housing projects in and around Delhi.
The Ganga water will be cleaned at the treatment plant in Palla village before the same is supplied to residents. The authority plans to supply 100% Ganga water without extracting any groundwater for mixing.