Five private builders in Gurugram have been served notices by the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) for discharging water from their sewage treatment plants exceeding the prescribed limit.
According to the board, the builders weren’t meeting the standards of treated sewage water used for watering plants and other horticultural purposes within the premises of their buildings. The water was found to have a high pH level exceeding the prescribed limit of suspended solids, oil and grease, stated a report published in the Hindustan Times.
The “polluter pays” principle will be implemented by the regional office of the board in compliance with the HSPCB. Under the principle, environmental compensation will be recovered from the polluting units and used for the restoration of environmental damages.
The compensation fee has already been calculated by the regional office but it needs to be approved by the HSPCB’s headquarters in Panchkula.
“Water samples from the buildings were collected and sent for a laboratory test. It was found that the discharge from the treatment plants exceeded the prescribed limit, as defined by the board. We will also charge the fee as per the order passed on April 29 this year. Based on the calculation we have suggested an amount, which needs clearance from the head office,” said Kuldeep Singh, regional officer, HSPCB.
According to an in-house committee of the Central Pollution Control Board working on the methodology for assessing environmental compensation and action plan to utilise the fund, a minimum environmental fee of â‚¹5,000 a day and a maximum of â‚¹10,000 a day has been set for sewage treatment capacity up to 200 MLD. The fee increases as per the capacity of the sewage treatment plant.