Palam Vihar residents have decided to move court against the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) for failing to stop water pollution in the colony. Untreated sewage and factory effluents flow into the master drain and contaminate the water table, say residents.
They plan to file a contempt case in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against Huda for failing check to pollution in the stormwater drain which passes through Palam Vihar.
The developer, Ansals, had told owners that it was a natural drain and would be developed as a green belt. In 2004-05, Huda began discharging waste and effluents into it, said residents.
According to resident Umesh Anand, the authority had told the court three months ago that construction work of a new sewer line was under way and industrial effluents would be diverted into it within a month.
The extent of pollution is clearly visible at Rizangla Chowk in Palam Vihar.
The main contention of residents, who are disappointed over the non-cooperative attitude of officials, is contamination of groundwater.
“We are solely dependent on groundwater through borewells and are terrified at the way effluents are being pumped into the drain which is contaminating the water table,” said Shilpa Chohan, an environmentalist, adding that a water testing institute had declared the effluents as dangerous.
According to Chohan, such acts stand in contravention of sections 25 and 26 of the Water Act of 1974 which state that in no condition can effluents be released into storm water drains without treating it at plants.
Huda officials claimed to have inspected the site after a report was published in Hindustan Times last Thursday.
“We are working and hope the problem will be solved to a great extent in the next few months,” said Pankaj Kumra, Huda chief engineer.