In order to ensure that precious groundwater is not misused for construction purposes in the millennium city Gurgaon, Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the state government not to permit any construction until the builder informs about proper water connection with an undertaking that he would not use underground water.
A division bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain also summoned secretaries of town and country planning and water supply departments and Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) administrator on July 31, the next date of hearing.
The HUDA administrator has also been directed to submit information regarding population, water supply source and water requirements of Gurgaon.
The directions came during the resumed hearing on the petitions filed by Sunil Singh and Qutab Enclave Residents Welfare Association, DLF Phase-I, Gurgaon.
The petitioners had approached the high court seeking directions to the agencies concerned to restrain illegal use and exploitation of groundwater for construction and other commercial purposes and to initiate strict action against the violators.
The court was also told that even if builders were claiming that they were using water tankers for construction, then also it should be checked whether tankers were filled with groundwater or water meant for drinking.
During the case hearing, HUDA administrator Parveen Kumar informed the court that the agency was ensuring minimum two- hour water supply to the area under its jurisdiction.
He submitted that as per door-to-door survey, the total population of DLF city was 95,358 and the total demand of water was 6.91 millon gallons per day (mgd). Against the demand, DLF was drawing 3.04 mgd water as per water bills from HUDA, he submitted.
The bench was also informed that as per its earlier directions, routine water supply was in effect in DLF city which was disrupted due to breach in water supply canal but restored on the next day, July 9.
The case would now come up for hearing on July 31.