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Gurgaon: GPS on drilling machines, tankers made mandatory

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, July 09, 2013
First Published: 01:54 IST(9/7/2013) | Last Updated: 01:56 IST(9/7/2013)

In order to check unauthorised digging of borewells in Gurgaon, the district administration has made it mandatory for the owners of registered drilling machines and tanker suppliers to install GPS devices on their equipment and vehicles by July 15.

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The order has been issued under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

District magistrate PC Meena has also issued directions that no drilling activity be carried out from 6 pm to 6 am. The police have been asked to impound any drilling machine or tanker found without the device after July 15.

District hydrologist MS Lamba will be the nodal officer and has been directed to submit action taken report fortnightly to the administration. The owners of drilling machines and tanker suppliers violating these orders will be booked under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

The order has come in the wake of the fast depleting groundwater table in the district that has about 100 registered drillers. The GPS device would help the administration keep a track of the movement of the drilling machines in the entire district.

Keeping in view the fast depletion of groundwater in Gurgaon, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has put a ban on digging new tubewells and borewells in the district.

The population of Gurgaon has increased by almost 80% in the past one decade, putting extra burden on the natural resources and civic infrastructure. At present, water table in Gurgaon stands at 34.62 metres, 10 centimetre below the level recorded a year ago.

According to authorities, the digging of borewells and tubewells in the district will be considered illegal and in contravention of directions issued by the high court.

Since drilling machines are involved in digging such tubewells and borewells, the district administration has taken the decision.


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