A joint committee, comprising of four officers from pollution control board and Noida Authority, decided to initiate action against dysfunctional sewage treatment plants at high rises in the city.
SC Mishra, Senior Manager with public health, Noida Authority, who is among four members of the committee, told that the inspection of installed STPs will now be done. He said that it will take one month's time to cover all high rises in the city.
The committee was constituted by Alok Tandon, Chief Executive Officer of Noida Authority, to keep a check on whether STPs norms laid down to mitigate impact of sewage on environment is being followed or not. And also to initiate action against those STPs where the norms are being violated.
Two weeks back, the committee had carried out an inspection of seven high rises located in different sectors, where it found sheer violation of norms laid down for treatment and reuse of sewage water.
According to a reliable source with the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), major violations were found and those residential societies are likely to be served notice.
He said that there are societies where the STPs were partly functional or they were not operational on the day the committee visited. Another problem was of flooding out of untreated sewage in the open or in the drains.
M K Jain, Senior Project Engineer with Jal-1, Noida Authority, who is also one among four member committee, admitted that STPs at many societies are not in order. He said that accurate number of defaulting high rises is currently not available but he assured that such data will be collected and shared.
The committee submitted detailed report analysis of samples collected and proposed the amount of penalty which is to be imposed according to the extent of violation of the norms at the headquarter of UPPCB in Lucknow recently. The headquarter will now serve notice to those societies where the violation of norms were found.
Anil Singh, regional officer with UPPCB, Noida, who is also in the committee, told that the inspection of these societies were conducted randomly. It would be carried out in the similar way once all the members of the committee meet in a while.