The Delhi government is planning to send reminders to five-star hotels that have failed to come up with plans to cut down on waste generation and wastage of water and energy. Further lapses in compliance will mean “strict action”, sources said.
On February 26, the government had told all 35 five-star hotels to submit their plans and furnish details of resources used and waste generated. “Only 18 hotels have responded though two weeks have lapsed after the deadline,” said a senior official.
The preliminary analysis of responses received so far doesn’t paint a bright picture. “There is massive extraction of groundwater on the premise that these hotels had obtained permission long back. Things have changed. The entire city is in dark zone,” he said. Wasteful ways
These 35 hotels have turned out to be big guzzlers of resources and waste generators (see box). “We have formed a committee comprising experts from IIT and Jamia Millia Islamia and Delhi’s environment director to monitor the implementation of green building guidelines at these hotels,” the official said.
The Delhi government will sign an MoU with 16 hotels for setting up dedicated sewage treatment plants. “They did not have dedicated waste treatment plants and were only dealing with kitchen waste,” he said.
They have been given six months for the plants’ installation. Three months have also been given for smaller initiatives such as solar heating systems and waste converters. All hotels will have to install sewage treatment plants for treatment of waste water, on-site use of treated water in flushing, cooling towers, horticulture, besides installation of solar water heating systems, organic waste convertors and biogas plants.
Hotels have to ensure composting, peripheral plantation, rain water harvesting, groundwater recharge, and water auditing.
A biological waste water treatment system will replace the existing physiochemical system. “The practice of letting waste go down the drain at night has to stop. Treated water has to be reused for cleaning, watering and fire-fighting, etc. Rainwater harvesting is a must,” the official said.