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7-year wait ends, Fresco apartments in Gurgaon to get canal water connection

The senior town planner has ordered Unitech developers to put in a pipeline immediately to supply canal water to Fresco Apartments

gurgaon Updated: May 22, 2017 23:47 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Fresco Aartment
Unitech, the developer, was using two submersible pumps to extract groundwater and the residents had opposed this.(HT File Photo)

The senior town planner has ordered Unitech developers to put in a pipeline immediately to supply canal water to Fresco Apartments. A meeting was held on Monday where eight officials of the developer and residents’ welfare association (RWA) members were present.

The developer handed over the apartments allegedly without obtaining the occupation certificate (OC). The canal water pipeline is yet to be laid to the complex, which has not received a no objection certificate (NOC) from the Municipal Corporation of Gururgram.

In the absence of a canal water connection, Fresco residents have been using groundwater for the last seven years in violation of the Environment Protection Act, 1986. Further, the illegal practice was putting more load on the already depleting water table in the region.

According to MCG officials, due to deficiencies in the construction, the developer was not given an NOC and they were asked to explain why Fresco was without canal water for the last seven years.

YM Mansuri, senior town planner, said, “We have directed the developer to lay the canal water line immediately.”

Supriyo Das Gupta, secretary, Fresco RWA, said, “Extraction of groundwater is a clear breach of Environment Protection Act, 1986. The developer had exhibited gross negligence in following the norms and guidelines specified by the Central Ground Water Authority. We urge the authorities to put pressure on Unitech to complete the canal water infrastructure to Fresco.”

The residents had accused the developer of installing two submersible pumps in the area which they fear will lead to a further decline in the groundwater level.

The residents had also moved the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) claiming that the society’s sewage treatment plant was connected to the condominium’s rain water harvesting pits and this was leading to groundwater contamination. A team from the HSPCB inspected the area on April 21.

“The developer has been given time till May 24 for completing all pending and critical issues and to lay the canal water pipeline so as to conserve precious groundwater,” Pradeep Arora, a member of the sub-committee of Fresco, said.

HT on April 17 had reported the issue after residents of Fresco complained against the developer for installing two submersible pumps. “Unitech, for the first time, admitted in front of the officials that our sewage treatment plant (STP) was flooded because the stormwater line was mixed with the STP line,” Nilesh Tandon, Fresco RWA president, said.

“We now see a ray of hope that Fresco will get canal water line soon. As per the sanctioned plan, we are to get 9 lakh litres per day. This amounts to 33 crore litres annually once we have 10% occupancy. This will help us save groundwater,” Tandon said.

A spokesperson for Unitech said, “We have handed over all the documents to the authorities concerned.”