Gurugram: The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) held a meeting on Wednesday to focus on optimisation of the usage of treated water in the millennium city. In the meeting, different stakeholders discussed ways to save water.
The meeting was chaired by GMDA CEO VS Kundu and attended by the officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG), district administration, Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) among others.
Stressing on the need to maximise the utilisation of recycled water, VS Kundu said, “Our focus will be on the maximum utilisation of sewerage treated and recycled water at the same place where it is being produced.”
In this direction, he said a survey of all the buildings in the city will be conducted to find out the quantity of water used, and recycled water treated, to be used in place of the former.
“The government departments will provide information about the quantity of freshwater being used and the recycled water being treated by them to use in place of the former,” he said.
The departments were also asked to provide detailed information on how much-recycled water will be used by 2025 and by 2030
This was a preliminary meeting on the issues at hand. A review meeting will be held every month to assess the development.
In the meeting, the GMDA chief asserted that there would be zero discharge from the buildings and industrial areas and sewerage water should not flow into the drains.
Officials were asked to ensure that pure drinking water is not used in the industrial area, such as Udyog Vihar, in any kind of industrial works. They were asked to take stringent action against those industries found using pure drinking water.
Officials of the Haryana State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (HSIIDC) and Haryana State Pollution Control Board will conduct a joint survey in the industrial areas where micro STP can be installed. This will include units consuming 10 KLD or more water.
The MCG officials informed that Rs 77 crore has been sanctioned for setting up of 41 micro STPs which will be completed by 31 December 2020. “The MCG is already using 200 KLD treated water for irrigation in various parks and green belt area. With the increased capacity, the use of treated water for gardening in parks will save about 2 MLD of potable water,” said ND Vashisht, Chief Engineer MCG.
Regional Officer of Haryana Pollution Control Board, Shakti Singh, said that STPs are installed in140 industries of Gurugram and their online monitoring system is being checked.
In the meeting, officials of Haryana Urban Development Authority said that it has been made mandatory to install a rainwater harvesting system to provide Occupancy Certificate (OC) to buildings with 100 square meter rooftops.
A total of 366 rainwater harvesting systems have been installed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and the MCG in parks and green belts across the city.
Deputy Commissioner Amit Khatri, who was present in the meeting, briefed about the integrated water management project being run under the name of Gurujal. He informed that 30 ponds have been selected for renovation in the first phase of the project. “This,” he said, “will not only beautify the reservoirs but will also help in recharging the groundwater. Meanwhile, 40 other ponds have been identified under GMDA jurisdiction.”