Gurugram: Acting tough on the non-compliance of rain water harvesting structures in the housing societies, the department of town and country planning, on Wednesday, issued show-cause notices to the developers of nine residential projects in the city.
These included Sare Homes in Sector 92; Raheja Navodaya in Sector 92; Ansal Heights in Sector 92; Grand Arch in Sector 58; Mapsko Casabella in Sector 82; Orris Carnation in Sector 85; Orris Aster in Sector 85; CHD Avenue in Sector 71; and Emaar Emerald Estate in Sector 65.
A notice issued by the DTP enforcement stated, "In order to preserve and protect the groundwater resources from further depletion in Gurgaon and adjoining area, it is necessary to ensure the proper functioning of Rain Water Harvesting Structures which includes Roof Top Rain Water Harvesting Structure."
The department has directed the developers to make the RWH structure functional and submit a compliance report by September 15, failing which penalties will be imposed according to the Environment Protection Act, 1986.
This comes after the district administration issued a public notice in May this year, directing the residential societies, government offices, institutions and other establishments to ensure the functional RWH structure by June 15.
Following which, enforcement drive was carried out over the past two months in 17 housing societies in the city. During the visit, it found that the residential societies have not implemented the guidelines up to the required standards of cleaning and functionality.
"It is therefore directed that you (residential society) shall comply to the conditions as per the requirement to make the RWH structures functional and in running condition, in order to recharge the optimum amount of rainwater," the notice read.
The decision was welcomed by the residents calling it a necessary step to conserve the natural resources. "It is imperative to have functional rain water harvesting structure to ensure recharging of groundwater, which is already depleting fast due to illegal extractions of groundwater," said Abhinav Yadav, a resident of Sector 92.