Hotels, malls, hospitals fined over rainwater harvesting

Last Updated: Monday, May 11, 2015 – 21:17

From: Zee News

New Delhi: Worried over depleting groundwater levels in the national capital, National Green Tribunal Monday imposed hefty fines on five-star hotels, malls and hospitals for not installing proper rainwater harvesting systems in their premises.

A bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, said these units have even not “cared” to take the steps to install rainwater harvesting systems even after several reminders.

“Do you even know the depletion level of the groundwater in Delhi? You have a responsibility towards society,” the bench, which was not satisfied with functioning of rainwater harvesting systems, said.

The green panel imposed a fine of Rs 7.50 lakh each on Jaypee Siddharth, Piccadily Hotel while Tirupati Infraprojects Pvt Ltd (Indus Hotels & Spa) was imposed Rs 5 lakh.

The Tribunal also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh each on hospitals — B M Gupta Hospital Pvt Ltd, Indraprastha Medical Corporation Ltd (Apollo Hospital) Santom Hospital, and Jaipur Golden Hospital– while Holy Family hospital was imposed Rs 3 lakh.

Among the malls//commercial complexes, Laxmi Buildtech Pvt. Ltd and Lifestyle Builders Pvt Ltd was imposed 5 lakh each while Upaj Buildcon Pvt Ltd was imposed Rs 3 lakh as fine.

Slamming the hotels and hospitals for drawing ground water without permission from Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA), the bench directed them to obtain the requisite consent from the board.

The Tribunal also issued bailable warrants against Aman Hospitality (Kempinski Ambience) and Ibis Hotel for their non-appearance despite notices being served to them.

The directions came after a joint inspection status report, submitted by Delhi Pollution Control Committee, said a number of five-star hotels, malls and hospitals are not compliant with the rainwater harvesting systems and in a number of cases where they have been provided, they are not satisfactorily operational.

The Tribunal had earlier issued notice to–Asian Hotels Ltd (Hyatt Regency), Hotel Excelsior (Shangri-La) Jaypee Siddharth, Piccadily Hotel, Tirupati Infraprojects Pvt Ltd (Indus Hotels & Spa), Aman Hospitality (Kempinski Ambience), Eros Resorts & Hotels Pvt Ltd (Double Tree by Hilton), Eros Resorts & Hotels Pvt Ltd (Hilton) and Ibis Hotel.

Besides these 9 hotels, NGT had also issued notices to 23 malls/commercial complexes including DLF Home Developers Ltd, DLF Retail Developers Ltd, Aditya Infra Developers Pvt Ltd, Aggarwal Plaza Pvt Ltd etc.

The green panel had directed CGWA, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and DPCC to conduct joint inspection and find out the level of groundwater “in and around” erring malls and hotels.

“They should also show cause as to why they be not directed to pay compensation for not providing rainwater harvesting systems as well as why they be not directed to pay compensation in terms of Section 15 of NGT Act for depleting groundwater levels,” the bench had said.

The Tribunal had also directed that all these hotels and malls would declare their source of water and produce complete records of six months preceding today by May 11.

The Tribunal had constituted a joint inspection team of CPCB, CGWA and DPCC while directing them to check the status of rainwater harvesting systems in hospitals, malls, commercial complex, hotels and RWAs in Delhi.

The Tribunal was hearing a plea by Vikrant Kumar Tongad who had sought directions to DMRC to “install proper rainwater harvesting system” on all its existing as well as proposed and under-construction metro stations, tracks and depots.

The green panel, however, had widened the ambit of the petition and incorporated various institutions such as government and private hospitals, hotels and malls.

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First Published: Monday, May 11, 2015 – 21:17

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