New Delhi: “HCL Technology has adopted 21 ponds and is investing about Rs 8 crore, while additional resources will be taken from the district mining fund,” said BN Singh District Magistrate (DM), Gautam Budh Nagar.
As a part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative, HCL Tech, along with some more industries, have come forward for the restoration and maintenance of the ponds in the Gautam Budh Nagar.
To ensure that ponds and other water bodies are not illegally encroached upon or destroyed in the future, the Gautam Budh Nagar administration has collated 1,000 ponds across the district which has to be maintained through area jurisdiction, the publication reported.
Of the 1000 ponds collated, 474 ponds are in Dadri, 281 in Jewar and 245 in Sadar, that cover parts of Greater Noida, Noida, Dankaur and Bisrakh.
According to the officials, these ponds make up a total area of 4.5kms. Of the 474 ponds in Dadri, at least 150 have been encroached upon and converted into illegal residential colonies.
Apart from this, the Noida and Greater Noida authorities will also be told to invest in rejuvenation from their budget as well as from the district mining funds.
The administration’s move to rejuvenate the ponds has come due to the mandate of the Jal Shakti Abhiyan, which aims at conserving water bodies and harvesting rainwater to boost groundwater recharge.