All such constructions under Noida and Greater Noida authorities are supposed to have rainwater harvesting systems, according to building bylaws. Several public parks also have them installed.
But the officials said that there has been no assessment on how many such plants are operational across the district.
“Rainwater harvesting systems are essential for recharging the groundwater. Noida’s groundwater level is already low and it is depleting every year. Hence, it is important to maintain the rainwater harvesting systems,” said Vikrant Tongad, an environmental activist and member of the DEC. Officials said all local authorities would be asked to report on the status of rainwater harvesting systems.
“The authorities will give us an update on the systems and how these can help recharge groundwater. The report will be discussed in the committee’s meeting next month,” said Suhas LY, the district magistrate and chairperson of the committee.
The committee will also prepare a report on the illegal RO water plants across the district.
Earlier, the administration had received complaints regarding two such plants last month that were shut down.
“There are hundreds of small and big RO plants in the district and they are using up the groundwater. Most of them may not be needed if the local authority’s water supply system becomes regular. We will help the administration to locate such plants,” Tongad said.
The DEC has also sought a list of waterbodies, wetlands and solid waste management plants in the district and residents’ complaints regarding waste management system.
Officials said an environment plan has been prepared for next year.