NOIDA: Adopting a stern outlook on wastage of groundwater by packaged water companies, the National Green Tribunal has sought details of all such factories operating in the Noida-Greater Noida region. A clarification has been sought as to whether such industries have the consent of the authorities of the twin cities and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to operate. The tribunal has also sought details about the ‘sources’ from which these factories collect water.

The tribunal has directed the Central Ground Water Authority and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board to furnish guidelines regarding conservation of groundwater and provide data pertaining to groundwater levels from 2006.

NGT raised these issues while hearing a petition on February 8 by an environmentalist, Vikrant Tongad, for violation of the ban on extraction of groundwater by developers. The Noida Authority on Friday submitted before the tribunal that it had halted construction of eight real estate companies for not having environmental clearances. A copy of the letter is with TOI.

After the hearing, the NGT issued show-cause notices to three Noida developers for flouting the order banning use of groundwater asking them as to why they should not be punished for violating the stay. On Sunday, three other developers were asked to appear before the tribunal for allegedly violating its order banning groundwater extraction.

The tribunal had earlier highlighted the lack of records with the state authorities about developers with projects above 20,000 sqm having environmental clearances. The tribunal’s bench, which had imposed a ban on groundwater extraction for construction purposes in Noida and Greater Noida on January 11, has extended the ban till February 28. At the same time, the tribunal has also ordered Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority to implead itself in the case.

Developers, whose projects have been hit following Noida Authority’s order stopping construction, have claimed that they are yet to receive formal communication. They claimed that future course of action would be decided after receiving the formal orders. “We have not been communicated till now to halt construction work. We will abide by the orders as and when we receive them,” said a spokesperson of Gulshan Homz, one of the eight developers whose project has been ordered to stop. Even Logix City Developers, whose housing project in Sector 143 has also been halted, denied having received any communication from the Authority. “We have the information about notices to stop extraction of groundwater and we are abiding by that. There has been no communication about halting construction work,” said Shakti Nath, CMD, Logix Group. Other builders told TOI they had to go ahead with construction as permissions for green clearance have not been forthcoming for long.

Of the projects named by Noida Authority, Sunworld Developers claimed it already has EC from the State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority. “The environmental clearance was granted to us in March 2012 and we have submitted it to Noida Authority,” Sanjiv Gupta, director, Sunworld Developers, said.