GHAZIABAD: Despite a total ban by Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) on extraction of groundwater for construction projects and for group housing without NOCs—that too only for drinking & domestic purposes—a number of builder projects in Ghaziabad are extracting groundwater illegally on account of total lack of monitoring by the district administration as well as by the CGWA’s regional office in Lucknow.
Now on a complaint made by environmental activist Sushil Raghav to CGWA Member Secretary in Delhi the CGWA had written to the DM Ghaziabad and to its (CGWB) Regional Director in Lucknow to take cognizance of the complaint and to initiate appropriate action.
Raghav’s complaint has been made against several top builders of the region with ongoing projects in Vasundhara, Indirapuram and Siddhartha Vihar areas of trans-Hindon.
According to Raghav, “Ghaziabad municipal area is a “notified” category as designated by the CGWA, which means that firstly no extraction of groundwater can be done without an NOC from the CGWA and secondly no borewell can be dug for use of groundwater for construction purposes.” He added, “The CGWA guidelines of 2015 say that an NOC cannot be given for fully completed group housing projects unless completion certificate has been granted and unless the builder shows proof of non-existence of municipal water supply, with further terms & conditions attached. However, builders have been rampantly flouting these norms in Ghaziabad.”
Raghav said that as these conditions in most cases are difficult to meet the builders regularly flout these norms. He also said that as CGWA is lax in monitoring these projects the builders and the industry take advantage of the fact; and as a result water table in Ghaziabad has fallen down to around 180-200 ft already.
Raghav also said that if no concrete action is taken on his complaint then he will approach the appropriate judicial forum for further action.