Gurugram: It has now been more than eight years since Gurugram was declared a dark zone which implies to the region having low groundwater reserves.After the concern expressed by the Chief Minister ML Khattar, now government agencies have begun to take measures towards enhancing the groundwater reserves. To effectively implement the Zero Rainwater Discharge plan approved by the state government this week, the department of town and country planning (DTCP) has decided to ensure that individual houses, group housing complexes, and commercial buildings in private colonies have a functional rainwater harvesting system as per Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagarrules. Occupancy certificates of properties that violate the rules prescribed for rainwater harvesting will be cancelled, said KM Pandurang, director, DTCP. Teams from the DTCP will start inspecting rainwater harvesting facilities in various residential and commercial complexes across the city. There are over 125 pits that come under the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram. However, lack of proper maintenance and inability to check encroachments have ensured that these pits have not been of any utility. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceLast year with the aid of a private organisation the municipal body had started the process of cleaning the pits. However, in the later months, this exercise gradually fizzled out. The district administration had also directed various private schools that have a large area to create water harvesting pits. However, this action was also not followed up. The push for rainwater harvesting comes in the wake of Haryana chief minister(CM) Manohar Lal Khattar strongly advocating zero rainwater discharge system in Gurugram. Moreover, a project that will be overseen by the Chief Minister wherein sewage water will be treated for usage. HUDA department will keep a record of treated water taken by each builder from its Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) and whether it was sufficient to meet its needs.
TORONTO — A decline in U.S. crude stockpiles helped push oil prices and energy stocks higher as North American markets rallied at the close on Wednesday.Energy stocks were among the biggest gainers as the May contract for North American benchmark crude rose US$1.86 to US$37.75 a barrel.The S&P/TSX composite index ran up 42.80 points to 13,347.46 to end four straight days of losses, while the loonie gained 0.36 of a cent to 76.37 cents US.The U.S. Energy Information Administration said oil inventories fell by 4.9 million barrels last week. Analysts had been expecting a rise in inventory.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average jumped 112.73 points at 17,716.05, while the broader S&P 500 climbed 21.49 points to 2,066.66. The Nasdaq gained 76.79 points at 4,920.72.Elsewhere in commodities, the June gold contract lost $5.80 to US$1,223.80 a troy ounce, while the May copper contract was unchanged at US$2.14 a pound and the May natural gas contract lost four cents at US$1.91 per mmBTU.