In an inspection done by the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA), it came to the fore that a staggering more than 40 per cent of housing societies have no system in place for rain water harvesting. It was found that either the system was defunct or not present at all.
The authority concluded inspection of RWH system in housing societies earlier this week. The data reveals that out of total 673 societies inspected, 236 have not installed the system. While in 51 societies, it was found to be defunct.
They have now given a deadline of 10 days to install the system at the societies, failing which, their layout plan would be cancelled.
“An inspection of RWH systems of 673 buildings took place across the eight zones of Ghaziabad and only 253 of them found to have functional RWH system. 51 had unoperational while 236 had no RWH system. We have issued notices to such defaulters,” said Kanchan Verma, Vice Chairperson of GDA.
“An ultimatum of 10 days have been given to install where RWH system is not in place. Similarly, they have been asked to revamp it within 10 days. Otherwise, their layout plans and security deposit will be fortified,” he said.
Of the three areas where maximum housing societies lie, Indirapuram and Vaishali fared lowest on the count of societies where RWH systems are in place.
Rainwater harvesting must for completion certificate
In 2015, GDA through a notification, had made it mandatory for developers to install RWH systems in their group housing projects. This is one of the conditions which a developer needs to fulfill, in order to procure completion certificate of its project from the authority. It is also must as per building by-laws.