The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has imposed hefty fines on a number of major hospitals, malls and five-star hotels in the capital that do not have rainwater harvesting systems installed within their premises.
The bench observed that these units had not “cared” to take steps to install the systems, despite repeated reminders.
“Do you even know the depletion level of groundwater in Delhi? You have a responsibility towards society,” the bench observed, while imposing a fine of Rs 7.5 lakh on Jaypee Siddharth and Piccadily Hotel.
Tirupati Infraprojects Private Limited (Indus Hotels & Spa) was fined Rs 5 lakh. Four hospitals — B M Gupta Hospital Pvt Ltd, Indraprastha Medical Corporation Ltd (Apollo Hospital) Santom Hospital, and Jaipur Golden Hospital — were ordered by the NGT to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh and Holy Family hospital fined Rs 3 lakh. Among the malls and commercial complexes, Laxmi Buildtech Pvt Ltd and Lifestyle Builders Pvt Ltd were imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh each while Upaj Buildcon Pvt Ltd was fined Rs 3 lakh.
The Tribunal also issued bailable warrants against Aman Hospitality (Kempinski Ambience) and Ibis Hotel for their non-appearance despite notices being served to them.
While giving a week’s time to these institutions to install the systems, the bench directed that they should be operational before the monsoon season. The Tribunal warned the institutions that legal action will be taken against them if this is not done.
The directions came after a joint inspection status report was submitted by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC). The report stated that many five-star hotels, malls and hospitals have not complied with orders to set up rainwater harvesting systems. Even if they had been set up, they are not operating satisfactorily. The next date of hearing is on July 9.