NOC of 17 units canceled for water recharge violations in Noida | spcilvly

The Gautam Budh Nagar administration has taken action against 17 industrial units for not implementing water recharging mechanisms, leading to cancellation of their No Objection Certificates (NOC), officials said on Friday.

According to officials, the Gautam Budh Nagar groundwater department has identified these units within the district for violating various groundwater regulations, including the absence of rainwater harvesting systems.  (Representative image)
According to officials, the Gautam Budh Nagar groundwater department has identified these units within the district for violating various groundwater regulations, including the absence of rainwater harvesting systems. (Representative image)

According to officials, the Gautam Budh Nagar groundwater department has identified these units within the district for violating various groundwater regulations, including the absence of rainwater harvesting systems.

In response to these violations, District Magistrate Manish Kumar Verma ordered cancellation of the NOCs that allowed these establishments to withdraw groundwater.

“District magistrate Manish Kumar Verma had ordered identification of establishments that were not complying with groundwater department norms and not implementing proper water conservation measures. During a meeting held on Thursday, the DM ordered cancellation of no-objection certificates of all 17 industrial units identified across the district,” said Ankita Rai, hydrologist, Groundwater Department.

Officials noted that the erroneous units had obtained NOC from the department about two years ago and were expected to comply with the guidelines within a year at most. NOCs will only be reissued to these establishments after they comply with the specified rules.

“These establishments had failed to comply with several regulations, such as installing rainwater harvesting systems for water recharge, not submitting groundwater extraction rates, and not submitting monthly reports on flowmeter and speedometer data. These reports were to be submitted within a year after obtaining an NOC for installation of groundwater extraction well,” Rai said.

District Magistrate Manish Kumar Verma also directed the department and relevant officials to collect information about other violating units not following the guidelines and initiate appropriate action. “A task force has also been directed to carry out inspections of commercial, public and industrial establishments to ensure compliance with water conservation measures,” DM Verma said.

Meanwhile, in a related sustainability update, Noida-based HCL Tech in its report for fiscal year 2022-23 said it had replenished 26 times more water than it consumed in India during fiscal year 2022-23. The company also announced its membership in the Water Resilience Coalition, becoming the first India-based company to join this initiative.

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