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Noida: Residents raise voice against flouting of water conservation rules

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By Ramesh Kumar
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Posted: Jul 05, 2019

Residents from several high rises in city complained that the developers have not been following water conservation rules at their group housing projects in Noida. Rather, they have allegedly been extracting the water which is in violation of the rules. Due to this, ground water level is dipping with every passing year. 

Residents' reactions came two days after the Noida Authority formed as many as 20 teams for a thorough inspection of high rises in city. They are now checking the state of rain water harvesting system at societies, spread over a plot areas of 20,000 square meters.

Pabitra Kumar Dash, a resident reacted saying that the move which is being taken for enforcing the rain water harvesting is an eyewash. 

While he tagged his reaction to the twitter handles of district administration and Noida Authority, he said the developer of Assotech Windsor Court, a high rise group housing project in Sector 78, has been extracting ground water since past nine years. 

It is being used for construction of building as well as being supplied for residents' use. “As it is being supplied to residents, they are forced to consume high TDS water. This is happening after each occupant paid Rs 17,000 for water supply to the developers,” he added.

Charkesh Jain, another resident said that though the rules says about all these practices of recharging ground water, reuse of treated sewage and solid waste managements are not fully implemented in the society. “The developers made the provision for all these. But fact remains that they are under design or  under size on the ground. They are not functional,” he confirmed. 

Jain said that it is happening because the Authority doesn't take steps to ensure that these are in operation. He pointed out this is the reason that societies are not being given completions. “They are being given partial completion certificates only,” he added.

Vivek Singh another resident welcomed the move but informed the authority that there are hardly any society where one can find the rain water harvesting functional. 

Vikrant Tongad, an environmentalist said that the Authority's rainwater harvesting in Sector 15 is not functional. They are in defunct state and the officials have not been repairing it. 

As per the Authority's plan to enforce it, it inspected the society to check the state of rain water harvesting and given time of two weeks to make rainwater harvesting functional within given period of time. Failing to it, the Authority will initiate action against them.

TAGS: Rain water harvesting / Water conservation rules / Water management at high rises / Noida news on City Spidey / Noida news

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