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Only 8% of Ggn residents use recycled water

Gurugram: There is only eight per cent of residents in Gurugram that are using recycled water.

The official information was disclosed by Gurugram metropolitan development authority (GMDA). Under Central Government's Jal Shakti initiative now a campaign is going to be now introduced under the watch of Chief Minister for using recycled water and sewage treated water.

The Haryana government has set a plan to increase the usage of recycled water in the city so that the dependence on groundwater can be reduced. An initiative of using treated water for water large public parks have already beginning to start in phases.

HUDA department will keep a record of treated water taken by each builder from its Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and whether it was sufficient to meet its needs. HUDA and MCG will provide primary and secondary treated sewage water and the builder will have to finally treat it (Tertiary treatment) at the construction site before using it for construction purposes," said a senior official from Gurugram district administration.

To effectively implement the Zero Rainwater Discharge plan approved by the state government this week, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has decided to ensure that individual houses, group housing complexes, and commercial buildings in private colonies have a functional rainwater harvesting system as per rules.

Occupancy certificates of properties that violate the rules prescribed for rainwater harvesting will be cancelled, said KM Pandurang, director, DTCP. Teams from the DTCP will start inspecting rainwater harvesting facilities in various residential and commercial complexes across the city.

There are over 125 pits that come under the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram. However, lack of proper maintenance and inability to check encroachments have ensured that these pits have not been of any utility. Last year with the aid of a private organisation the municipal body had started the process of cleaning the pits. However, in the later months, this exercise gradually fizzled out.

The district administration had also directed various private schools that have a large area to create water harvesting pits.

However, this action was also not followed up. According to data obtained from the agricultural department's groundwater cell, from 2014 to 2018, the groundwater table fell by 2.5 metres in Gurugram district and by 3 metres in Gurugram city.

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