On the occasion of World Environment Day, residents of Gurugram's Sushant Lok, Phase 2 and Sector 56 attended a seminar organised by the residents' welfare associations (RWAs) on the issue related to water conservation and preservation.
Around 10-15 members attended the seminar as they felt that it is an important issue among others which needs to be discussed, addressed and resolved. They said the objective was to set a clear agenda in this regard following which they would approach the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) to decide the future course of action.
Talking to City Spidey, resident of Sushant Lok Ashok Pandit said, "We wanted to utilise this day. Since it was a holiday, we thought of discussing the issue with fellow residents how can we save water."
Pandit added saying, "As residents of the city and citizens of the country, we need to make efforts on our own within the society premises instead of complaining about the inefficiency of the MCG."
Rainwater harvesting is one of the possible solutions to this acute problem, feel other residents who were present in the seminar.
"In fact, the Town and Country Planning Department (DTCP), has decided to ensure that individual houses, group housing complexes, and commercial buildings in private colonies have a functional rainwater harvesting system as per rules," Pandit further said.
Refusing to pass the buck, another resident Sachin Bajpai said, "I moved to Gurugram in 2004. It was a small town back then but now, it has become a big city with several high-rises and residential societies. Most of them are being maintained by private companies. Rainwater harvesting is mandatory according to the MCG but how many of us are practicing it? In such a scenario, blaming the civic body is totally unjustified."
City Spidey spoke to KM Pandurang, director of the DTCP regarding the issue. He in reply said, "We will give occupancy certificates (OCs) only to those houses or societies which are practicing rainwater harvesting. It is a must."
"Strict action will be taken against the societies which don’t adhere to the rainwater harvesting policy," Pandurang concluded.