With the ground water levels depleting fast, particularly in North India, the apex body for real estate developers CREDAI on Wednesday said it has resolved to take up rain water harvesting as corporate social responsibility (CSR) this year.
The announcement comes two days after the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the Haryana government not to issue permits for construction in Gurgaon unless builders give undertaking that ground water would not be drawn by them.
Gurgaon, the hub for many multi-national companies, is facing acute shortage of drinking water. "This year, CREDAI will take rain water harvesting as CSR activities throughout the country," CREDAI President Lalit Jain told reporters here.
The members of the association at state and city level would be sensitised for rain-water harvesting, he added.
Asked about the impact of court order on Gurgaon market, CREDAI Chairman Pradeep Jain said: "I do not think there will be much impact on Gurgaon market. We import water from the neighbouring cities to undertake construction and usage of ground water is not allowed".
There would be no impact on the construction of existing projects but the fresh supply might get affected if builders do not get license for new projects, he added. The Haryana government should utilise the huge amount collected as development charge to create basic infrastructure facilities including water supply, said Pradeep Jain, who is Chairman of Parsvnath Developers.