In a relief to developers in the Millennium City, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has decided to sell treated sewage water for construction purpose in the wake of the high court ban on usage of groundwater.
Huda will provide about 10 MLD (million litre per day) treated sewage water from its two sewerage treatment plants (STPs) at the rate of R4 per kilolitre for construction work.
The decision has come following the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s July 31 directive to seal and dismantle all the borewells being used for extracting groundwater at construction sites.
On August 18, the Haryana town and country planning department had slapped showcause notices on 52 developers for engaging in illegal extraction of groundwater using borewells for construction of residential and commercial projects in Gurgaon.
The developers’ lobby has welcomed the moved since all construction activities had come to a halt in the wake of the court order.
The realtors will now be allowed to get their tankers filled at either of the two STPs — Behrampur (15 MLD capacity) and Dhanwapur (25 MLD capacity).
At present, thousands of gallons of treated water is wasted down the drain. The government even plans to start dual water supply lines for separating potable and non-potable water.
According to Huda officials, the rate of R4 per kilolitre (till 1,000 litre) would be in force till September 9, after which the rates would be subject to revision.
“The developers will have to send their tankers to the STPs for collecting water. Payments will have to be made at the gates itself. The realtors will not be allowed to use the treated for purposes other than construction,” a Huda official said.
He said a maximum of 10 MLD treated water would be sold per day as the government had supply plans for the developing areas in sectors 58-115.
In a survey conducted recently, the department said it found illegal borewells at 81 construction sites in gross violation of the July 31 directive of the court banning use of groundwater for construction purposes.