The 35-odd five-star hotels in Delhi will on Tuesday be shown the example of ITC Maurya and told to follow parts of its mechanism to cut down on pollution, besides water and energy consumption.
A case study on the hotel will also be presented, when top government officials and experts tell all five-star hotels in the Capital to ensure time-bound execution of green-hotel guidelines or face action.
“ITC Maurya has set up a dedicated waste water treatment plant as per its actual requirement and no waste water goes down the drain. It has also ensured zero discharge of waste by using treated water for horticulture usage, cooling towers and the ridge. If they have shown the way, why cannot others follow suit?” asked a Delhi government official.
Delhi’s chief secretary DM Spolia, environment secretary Sanjeev Kumar, Delhi pollution control committee member secretary Sandeep Mishra and environment director Anil Kumar will talk to the hotel owners. Smaller hotels will be addressed in the second phase of this drive.
A top official of the energy efficiency department of the Centre will make a presentation on energy conservation. Jamia and IIT-Delhi experts will speak on water auditing and water treatment technology.
“We’re concerned because the electricity consumed by one five-star hotel is roughly the requirement of 600 households. Similarly, the water consumption at a hotel is sufficient for 1,000 households,” he said.
Experts have, however, found the government’s effort “too late, too little.”
“It is surprising that the government has now realised that hotels use huge quantities of water and energy. Why these issues were not discussed during the environmental clearance or consent to operate,” said a representative of a group which works for environment sustainability and energy management.