The NGT has slapped a fine of Rs 9 lakh on three five-star hotels after they were found having “unsatisfactory” rainwater harvesting systems. The NGT noted that these hotels had not taken steps to install the systems despite several reminders. In some cases, the rainwater systems were found choked with garbage.
The Tribunal imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on Hotel Excelsior (Shangri-La) while Eros Resorts Hotels (Double Tree by Hilton) and Crowne Plaza (Mayur Vihar) were asked to pay Rs 2 lakh each.
The NGT was hearing a plea by activist Vikrant Kumar Tongad who had sought directions to DMRC to “install rainwater systems” on all its existing as well as proposed and under-construction Metro stations and depots. The NGT had widened the ambit of the plea to include hospitals, hotels and malls. ENS