NGT summons CGWA CEO over water extraction by real estate developers

The NGT has summoned the CEO of the Central Ground Water Authority, over discrepancies in permissions given to real estate developers in Ghaziabad and Noida, for the extraction of ground water

The National Green Tribunal has directed the CEO of the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) to appear in person, after noting several deficiencies in compliance of conditions while granting no-objection certificates (NOCs) for ground water extraction, to real estate developers in Ghaziabad and Noida. “We find that though there are several deficiencies in compliance of conditions imposed by the CGWB while granting NOC for ground water extraction, the CGWB has failed to take necessary action even after the deficiencies have come to their notice. Since such situation is happening in a number of cases, it is necessary to require presence of the CEO of the CGWA, to ensure that there is effective monitoring mechanism to remedy such violations, without which the regulatory functions entrusted to the CGWA will have no meaning,” the bench headed by NGT chairperson justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said.

The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by UP resident Mahakar Singh alleging illegal cutting of trees, extraction of ground water and construction without environmental clearance, for the project of Wave City at Ghaziabad and High Tech City at Noida by real estate developers. The UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) told the tribunal that presently, 40-50 families were residing in Wave City township in the area which has been developed in phase 1 of the project.

“Unit has installed eight compact sewage treatment plants (STPs) presently, for treatment of sewage generated from domestic processes. The STPs were not found in operation. No sewage was found at inlet of STP,” the UPPCB said. The state pollution control board told the bench that there was no arrangement for disposal of solid waste generated from the township and no mechanism to control dust emissions were observed during inspection. “Hence, the unit has not complied with the conditions imposed in the Consent of Established and Environmental Clearance, which has been granted to the proponent,” the UPPCB said.

 

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