Builders expressed their concern for the environment at the Hindustan Times Realty Conclave - 2013 and agreed that the authorities needed to promote building of sustainable cities.
“I have seen how de-watering — to make way for double or triple basement — causes depletion of the region’s watertable. To address this issue, the authority needs to stop digging for deep basements. Instead of basements being used for parking purposes, we can make parking lots on the ground, first or upper floors. That way we can conserve the groundwater,” said Amit Mavi, director of BOP, while speaking at the conclave.
Agreeing with Mavi’s suggestion, Noida authority chairman and chief executive officer Rama Raman said Noida would be freed from groundwater dependency from August this year.
“We will not extract even a single drop of groundwater to meet the city’s water demands. We will start supplying Ganga water by August this year. Also, Noida and Greater Noida are the only two cities in the country to recycle sewer water. We are using treated sewer water for irrigation and construction purposes,” said Raman, addressing builders and residents.
“Since Noida is situated in the catchment area of the Yamuna and Hindon rivers, it has got a rich groundwater table,” said Anil Sharma, CMD, Amarpali.
Raman added, “We have surplus water here. If we preserve it, we can even supply water to Delhi in the future.”
Noida was put in the safe category in 2004.
While it got bracketed in the semi-critical zone in 2009, the watertable in Greater Noida’s Jewer is in the critical zone. A survey by experts revealed that in the next two years Jewer would slip into the dark zone and Noida in the critical zone, if depletion continues.
The participating builders agreed that public officials and other stakeholders should be open to all suggestions that came their way. Primarily because the ultimate objective was to make the city of Noida better.
“We not only want to build concrete houses, but also aim to protect the city’s natural resources. And to achieve that we will join hands with all the stakeholders. We are open to constructive criticism and ready to work on them. The authorities should consider whether parking lots on ground and upper floors are a reasonable option,” said Sharma.