Noida Dialogue

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Illegal car washes using 5,000 litres of water every day: Environmentalist

July 5, 2019

NOIDA: At a time Noida’s water table is depleting every year, a city-based environmentalist has drawn the attention of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to unauthorised car washing centres that use borewells for water.

Amit Gupta has written to the NGT saying that at least 40-50 car washing centres are operating in the district and repeated complaints to the UP Pollution Control Board and the authorities against them have failed to elicit any response.

“These car washes easily waste 2,000-5,000 litres of water daily. How are these outlets being allowed to operate in an area where groundwater is depleting so fast?” asked Gupta.

Areas where such car washes can be found include sectors 74, 77, 116, 16, 49, and 66.

According to records of the ground water department, water level in the district is dropping faster than it is being replenished. In the Noida region, the average water table was at 18.22 metres below the ground in 2013 and it dropped to 24.13 metres last year. In Greater Noida, the level dropped from 7.95 metres below the ground to 11.11 metres during the period.

“Any kind of borewell is illegal. Borewells for groundwater need permission, that too in crucial cases. Such commercial use of borewells is illegal and action should be taken against them,” a UPPCB official said.


Source : The Times of India