City’s water bodies in ruins du to admin apathy
The Gautam Budh Nagar district administration seems to have failed in protecting its ponds meant for onserving rain water and recharging groundwater table.india Updated: Jul 27, 2012 00:37 IST
The Gautam Budh Nagar district administration seems to have failed in protecting its ponds meant for saving rain water and recharging groundwater table.
It was revealed in response to an RTI filed by an environmentalist that out of 788 ponds in the district, 350 have been encroached upon.
The applicant, Vikrant Tongad, sought details of measures taken by the administration after the Allhabad high court in 2001 ordered all the districts of Uttar Pradesh to protect and revive water bodies.
"But in the last 11 years, the administration of Gautam Budh Nagar could only got 15 ponds freed from encroachments. Still 350 ponds are grabbed by the land mafia in Noida, Greater Noida and other parts of the district," said Tongad citing the RTI reply.
Tongad said that at least 438 ponds, which are not encroached on papers, have actually lost their 90% area.
"Realty boom has affected these ponds badly because on most of the ponds people have constructed houses leaving rain water to go down the drains," he said.
Although the state government has made it mandatory for buildings constructed on more than 300 sqm to install a roof top rain water harvesting system.
But even the collectorate building is yet to put the system on its roof-top. The administration claimed that a special team has been formed to free all encroached ponds and revive them.
First Published: Jul 27, 2012 00:34 IST