Can’t force realtors to use treated water: Huda
Despite a ban on the use of ground water for construction activities in the Millennium City, the uncertainty continues over the alternative measures suggested to tackle the shortage of the resource.gurgaon Updated: Aug 29, 2012 01:05 IST
Despite a ban on the use of ground water for construction activities in the Millennium City, the uncertainty continues over the alternative measures suggested to tackle the shortage of the resource.
A day after Hindustan Times reported that real estate developers are opposed to the use of treated water for construction work, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) on Tuesday said it cannot force realtors as per the agreement.
The idea is welcoming but we cannot compel developers as per the licence agreement. However, this is all within the capacity of the developers to give a thought to the suggestion, said a senior Huda official.
"We are thinking over the issue. Now in new licence agreements, we have made it compulsory for developers to treat sewage water and use the same for good purposes," said Pankaj Kumra, chief engineer, Huda.
The Punjab and Haryana high court on July 16 banned the use of ground water for construction purpose in the city. The Haryana government has collected more than Rs. 3,000 crore from Gurgaon-based realtors whose projects are in full swing in the city.
Meanwhile, a section of residents has suggested that the government should ask the builders to use the sewage water that they generate in their own colonies for construction purposes.
"The government must enforce the solutions for the developers who have failed to provide sewage disposal connection in their colonies," said Raman Sharma, resident of Malibu Town, who shot the letter to Haryana chief secretary PK Chaudhary.
Realtors say that water supplied by the sewage treatment plant contains five times higher levels of biochemical oxygen demand and other corrosive elements, which makes it unfit for construction purposes.