NOIDA: Following a rap from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for their failure to restrain builders from extracting groundwater, the Noida and Greater Noida Authorities have swung into action.
In Noida, project engineers of the city have been directed to constitute inspection teams and submit a report within two days. Strict action is on the cards for erring real estate developers drawing groundwater in violation of NGT orders, officials said.
According to officials, all of Noida and Greater Noida's work circles covering the twin cities' various land pockets will be checked for violations. "All the project engineers heading the 10 work circles in Noida have been asked to conduct inspections of their respective areas," said Manoj Rai, officer on special duty (OSD), Noida Authority.
"They will inspect the construction sites and report if any builder or developer is misusing the groundwater for construction purposes," Rai said.
Rai said the officers have been directed to submit a report within two days. "Strict action will be taken against any real estate developer found to be flouting NGT norms," Rai said.
Senior GNIDA officials have given out similar instructions to their project engineers. "We will issue notices to anyone found flouting the norms, followed by strict action," said an official.
On January 11, 2013, NGT had restrained all builders in Noida and Greater Noida from "extracting" groundwater for construction or any other purpose.
However, on Tuesday this week, the tribunal while hearing a plea of a Noida resident Vikrant Kumar Tongad who alleged that real estate developers were withdrawing ground water in violation of NGT orders, slammed the authorities for their failure to stop groundwater extraction. It constituted a committee to conduct surprise inspection at construction sites in Delhi-NCR, the report of which is to be submitted one week prior to next date of hearing on October 13, 2015.