The Noida-Greater Noida authorities have come up with various methods for conserving groundwater, stop its depletion and also rainwater harvesting. This step has been taken in accordance with the order given by the national green tribunal (NGT) to take a step for effective groundwater conservation and also to prepare a roadmap for its conservation. Also, the NGT has banned the use of ground water for construction practices in the city. What’s to be noted is that the area has around three to four lakh under-construction flats in various projects.
Eldeco MD Pankaj Bajaj speaks on the same and says:
“Let me tell me one more thing that when builders buy land from Noida authorities and Noida-Greater Noida belt land is only available from Noida authority; the land comes with the promise of being serviced by Noida authority. They do not charge us extra external development charges unlike the Gurugram developers, so what that means is that the Noida authority is also promising us water supply for the purpose of residents, later on when the buildings are constructed. For the purpose of construction, they either would supply us through their water pipelines and if the water pipelines are not in place at that point of time because construction usually happens before this infrastructure is put in place, then you need to extract groundwater, for which you need to take a NOC from the groundwater authority. This compliance is to be done by all developers; now if some developers just like in any other industry are misusing this, they are not taking the NOC; they are misrepresenting or they are doing some other wastage of water, then by all means, they should be brought to book.”
Following the NGT’s February 2016 orders, the Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB), Central ground water authority (CGWA), the state water resource department and the Greater Noida authority had in June also suggested that groundwater be replenished by rejuvenating ponds and tapping rainwater in Greater Noida West.