A National Green Tribunal (NGT) bench ordered for the presence of the vice-chairman of the development authority and municipal commissioner of the corporation for hearing of a petition seeking sewer connectivity to all houses in Kaushambi.
The petition was filed by Kaushambi apartments residents’ welfare association (Karwa) in January.
The association asked the green court to direct the Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) and Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) to ensure provision of sewer connectivity to all houses in Kaushambi township and stop dumping of untreated sewer water in stormwater drains of the area.
From the first hearing in the case, GDA and GMC counsels have been passing the buck to each other over the responsibility of constructing sewer lines.
The GMC had submitted an affidavit that read, “…The GMC can construct sewer lines of 1.6 kilometre in Kaushambi in a matter of four months, provided that the GDA sanctions Rs. 1.26 crore as funds for the same construction…”.
The GDA replied that the area was handed over to the GMC in 2004 and hence the construction of the sewer lines is the corporation’s responsibility.
As a result, the NGT bench, headed by Justice UD Salve, ordered for the personal presence of both parties for the next hearing, on May 13.
According to the petition, there are no sewer lines in commercial areas of Kaushambi, which covers over 30% area of the township and two residential localities — Supertech highrise and Raj Residency Tower.
“Sewage from commercial areas is being dumped in the stormwater drains. The main stormwater drain has not been cleaned for years and there is huge silt deposition in the drain, resulting in back flow of water from the main drain to the township every year during rains,” Vinay Kumar Mittal, president of Karwa, said.