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Water harvesting pits pose danger to children

Himabindu Reddy, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, January 24, 2013
First Published: 01:08 IST(24/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:10 IST(24/1/2013)

The open pits of the rain water harvesting system in Sector 23A pose a serious threat to children in the locality.

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Residents claim that two pits of about seven feet deep in a park, constructed by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), may prove a death trap for children.

The pits have been made near the jogging track and swings in the park.

“They were constructed about two weeks ago and left uncovered since then. Anybody can fall into them, especially children who run around,” said SN Gupta, a resident.

The sector has 28 such pits at various locations. All of them have been constructed in the last one month.

According to the Central Ground Water Board, a rain water harvesting pit must be 2.5-m deep with one boring pipe drilled in the middle of it to facilitate percolation of rain water.

But the pits in the sector don’t have a pipe drilled into it. Moreover, a pit comprises two sections — one with a concrete base, while the other without it.

“In our sector, each section of the pits has a concrete base that does not allow water to percolate into the soil. Thus it also serves a favourable spot for mosquito breeding,” said Aseem Takyar, an RTI activist who resides in the locality.    

Takyar had also written to Huda administrator Praveen Kumar early this month, highlighting the improper methods of the construction of rain water harvesting pits.

Despite repeated attempts, the Huda administrator could not be contacted for comments on the issue.


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