Noida: Fine worth over Rs 1 crore imposed on commercial establishments for polluting ground water

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Noida: To intensify its drive against commercial establishments in the city that are polluting the groundwater by dumping untreated waste into drain the Noida authority on Wednesday said it has decided to take strict actions by sealing such premises unless corrective measures are brought in to effect immediately. Earlier on February 21, the Noida authority started a drive and issued notices to at least 31 establishments, including restaurants, hotels and other commercial outlets, for allegedly dumping their untreated waste into drains and sewer lines.

‘Violation’ of rules by the shop owners

As per the official information, these establishments are situated within unauthorised commercial markets in Hazipur and Sector 104, which have recently gained popularity as commercial centers among the city’s residents. Meanwhile Officials of the authority stated that in accordance with regulations, restaurants and similar establishments are required to process their waste before disposing of it into drains. This treated water is then directed into the groundwater table.

@CeoNoida महोदय के निर्देशानुसार जिन विभिन्न रेस्तरां, होटल व वाणिज्यिक संस्थान जिनको अपने किचन का चिकनाईयुक्त Waste Water शोधित किये बिना सीधे सीवर लाईन या ड्रेन में बहाने पर नोटिस जारी किया गया था, उनके अनुपालन की समीक्षा की गई।

— NOIDA Authority (@noida_authority) March 27, 2024

“We have given adequate time to commercial outlets to adhere to norms. We have directed the water works department to start sealing polluting commercial establishments,” said Lokesh M, chief executive officer, Noida authority, as reported by the Hindustan Times.

“We will seal the premises and impose heavy penalties if they continue to flout the rules,” Lokesh further added.

Fine worth Rs 1 crore imposed on over 100 commercial premises

Officials stated that in March up to now, the Noida authority has levied fines totaling ₹1 crore on a hundred such establishments. On March 7, 2024, the authority imposed penalties of ₹5 lakh each on banquet halls located in sectors 50, 51, and the Hoshiyarpur area for their improper disposal of untreated waste into drains.

Restaurant association demands extra time

Meanwhile, the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) has requested an extension of the deadline from the Noida authority for the installation of Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs).

“We have met the Noida authority water department officials on Wednesday and demanded time till April 30, 2024, to install ETPs. We will also meet the Noida authority CEO and request him to give us additional time and waivers on penalty. We are ready to follow the rules but need a little support from the Noida authority,” the Hindustan Times quoted Varun Khera, chapter head Uttar Pradesh, NRAI.

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