National Green Tribunal to review groundwater use at Golf Course

NOIDA: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has formed a committee comprising the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA), district magistrate, UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to review the use of groundwater in Noida Golf Course on Captain Shashi Kant Marg in Sector 38. The decision was taken on Monday. The team will submit a report before the next hearing on March 13. The applicant had submitted that despite depleting groundwater across Noida, five tubewells were being used for allegedly illegally extracting groundwater and maintaining the lawns of the golf course without the required permission and no-objection certificate (NOC) from CGWA. “The NGT asked a team of CGWA, DM, UPPCB and CPCB to review the use of tubewells for extracting groundwater and submit a report before March 14,” said Rahul Choudhary, advocate for the applicants. The applicants also asked NGT to direct the authorities to cease the operation of the golf course till they obtain the required NOC as per the CGWA guidelines, 2015. They said UPPCB should also levy environmental compensation. “Our aim is to ask the golf course to use only treated STP water provided by Noida Authority instead of extracting groundwater for its operations. Noida’s groundwater is already overexploited and treated water can easily be used for maintaining lawns and the golf course. We have estimated that more than four lakh litres of water is being used every day for this, which can be saved,” said Vikrant Tongad, the main applicant in this case. According to the applicants’ estimates, about 492,103 liters of groundwater is used through a network of approximately 3,000 sprinklers for daily maintenance of a typical 18-hole golf course. The DM said that he has not received the order yet and will follow the directions of the court.

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