NGT issues notice to 14 builders over groundwater extraction

Unabated extraction of groundwater for construction activity has <g data-gr-id="25">invite</g> the ire of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which has issued <g data-gr-id="48">notice</g> to 14 builders in Delhi-NCR for carrying out illegal extraction of the natural resource.

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar passed the order after perusing inspection reports filed by local commissioners, who conducted surprise visits at construction sites in Delhi and NCR and found serious impropriety in relation to the use of groundwater.

Projects that have been issued a notice include BPTP Ltd in Sector 94, Noida, Sunshine Trade Tower Pvt Ltd, JC World Hospitality Pvt Ltd and Wish Town in Sector 128, Noida; Assotech Reality Pvt Ltd, Three C Properties Private Limited at D-107, Pancheel Enclave in New Delhi; Sikka KG One at Sector 98, Noida.

Other projects include Silicon City Pvt Ltd, Mahagun India Pvt Ltd and Gaur Sons Hitech Infrastructure Pvt Ltd Pancheel Greens-II in Greater Noida West; <g data-gr-id="27">Kbnows</g> Nirman Ltd JMC Projects (India) Ltd, Era Infra Engineers Ltd and ASF Insignia, SEZ and Gwal Pahari in Gurgaon. The green panel has also directed the Central Ground Water Authority, the Central Pollution Control Board and other pollution monitoring bodies in Delhi, UP and Haryana to constitute teams, comprising senior officers, from each organisation.

“These teams shall inspect all major construction projects in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida/Greater Noida and Faridabad and shall report to the Tribunal,” the Bench said.

The tribunal was hearing the plea of Noida resident Vikrant Kumar <g data-gr-id="20">Tongad</g>, who has alleged that real estate developers were extracting groundwater in violation of NGT orders. <g data-gr-id="21">Tongad</g> alleged that developers in Noida have been extracting groundwater, using borewells, for construction activity, instead of using water from sewage treatment plants.

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