The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) of Greater Noida issued a notice to the developer of Supertech Ecovillage-2 for not facilitating installation of Sewer Treatment Plant (STP) in the society.
The notice was issued after a resident filed a complaint with the Pollution Board (Greater Noida) saying the society has no STP for treating wastewater.
Earlier in July, the Greater Noida Authority had issued a notice to the developer followed by a fine levied on its management on the same issue. However, the developer failed to comply with the guidelines of the authority even after the action.
Anupam Mishra, the complainant, told the Board that used water was not being treated because the STP in the society was not operational and water was being discharged into a drain. As per the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) guidelines, only treated water can be discharged into drain.
“On the basis of the complaints received from the residents during inspections conducted on July 7, 2019, and September 12, 2019, it was found that that untreated water is being discharged into a drain through a pipe,” pollution board notice read.
The Board has directed the Greater Noida Authority to take appropriate action against the developer.
At present, around 1,500 families are already residing in the society that has more than 7,000 flats. Recently, Ecovillage-2 was in the news for the severe water crisis that led to several protests, complains and inspections. However, the issue was resolved after a few days.
“For every basic facility, we have to fight with the builder," lamented Sanjeev Saxena, another resident. He said, "The Greater Noida Authority is well aware of the fact that the STP is not functional not only in this society but also in many others."
He suggested that every time the authority issues notice or levies some fine from the builders, punitive action should be initiated against those not complying with the NGT’s norms.”