The residents of Sare Homes, a high rise residential society in Sector 92, Gurugram, are complaining against the non-functional Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in the society. They informed that the STP installed in Phase-3 of Sare Homes is not working efficiently since the beginning.
They said that the installed STP is based on MBBR technology with a capacity of 800 kld and it is not working efficiently. Since the treated water at the outlet is not in the permissible limit, the recycled water cannot be reused for flushing purposes.
Aditya Jakhar, a resident of the society said, “The treated water is not in the permissible limit as per the parameters set by the Ministry of Environment & Forest. The agency operating the STP is not operating well as the outlet BOD is 150 mg/l which is equal to the incoming raw sewage. The air blower and aeration system were also not working properly.”
They alleged that despite several complaints to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB), Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) on the matter, nothing has been done so far.
“We are running from pillar to post to resolve the issue for the last 6 months but nobody is listening to our problem. We had a meeting with developer time and again but got nothing more than false assurances. All the concerned departments are passing the buck to each other rather than solving our problem.” he lamented.
They informed that the STP system installed in the basement of Tower-2 is emanating foul smells and the problem intensifies after rains.
Abhijeet Gautam, another resident said, “It is very difficult for us to live in this condition. Those, who are living on the ground floor, suffer the most as they cannot even stand outside without braving the bad smell.”
The residents alleged that the high BOD water disposed of directly in the open area and due to which, diseases are being spread in the surrounding area.
They alleged that the developer is violating the NGT norms on sewage water treatment and is flushing out untreated STP water drainage at the adjoining open land and creating land pollution.
Sachin Taneja, another resident of the society said, “The high BOD water is used for irrigation purposes causing all the green areas to go dry. Also, it is posing a serious health risk for the children playing in the garden. They are playing with the health of the residents by doing nothing. The untreated water that they used in the garden area flows into rainwater trenches further polluting the groundwater.”