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Nirvana Country signs MoU with Fresco to use treated sewage water in Gurugram

The residents’ welfare association (RWA) of Nirvana Country signed an agreement with Fresco Apartments earlier this week that would enable the former to use the latter’s surplus treated sewage water for horticulture.

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Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
Fresco Apartments disposes of most of its unused water in an open area outside the society compound.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)

The residents’ welfare association (RWA) of Nirvana Country signed an agreement with Fresco Apartments earlier this week that would enable the former to use the latter’s surplus treated sewage water for horticulture.

As per the memorandum of understanding(MoU), Nirvana Country RWA will use 2-3 lakh litres of treated sewage water from Fresco Apartments, starting April.

Nirvana Country is a low-rise housing complex, which disposes its sewage directly into the master sewer of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA). However, it requires water for horticulture that it gets through private tankers.

Fresco Apartments, on the other hand, is a high-rise group housing society that treats its sewage water at a treatment plant located within the society premises, as it does not have access or connection to the GMDA master line. Fresco Apartments generates 5 to 6 lakh litres of treated sewage water daily, of which the society uses 1 to 1.5 lakh litres for its horticulture and disposes off the unused water in an open area outside the society compound.

“We have no use of 5-6 lakh litres sewage water after treatment at our society. For our horticulture, we hardly need 1 to 1.5 lakh litres of water. In absence of a sewage connection, we dispose off the unused water in the open and through tankers as well. Now, our neighbouring colony, Nirvana Country, will use this water for horticulture and we have signed an agreement in this regard with the consent of DTCP officials and our developer,” said Nilesh Tandon, RWA president of Fresco Apartments.

“We will lay a sewage line up to the Nirvana periphery and they will lay their own line for their society to use sewage water,” said Tandon.

Sundar Kalra, RWA president of Nirvana Country, said, “We will start using Fresco’s treated sewage water from March-end hopefully.” Despite repeated calls, and text messages, Hindustan Times did not elicit any response from the developer, Unitech.

Lalit Arora, chief engineer, GMDA, said, “We give relaxation in the monthly water bills to RWAs for using 80% sewage water and more.”

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