NGT keeps its order to seal borewells in Ghaziabad on hold till July 13
The green tribunal has also asked the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) to process applicationsnoida Updated: Jun 03, 2017 00:28 IST
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered for keeping its April 13 orders on borewells in abeyance till July 13, the next date of hearing. The directions came in connection with a petition filed by activist Sushil Raghav and Society for Protection of Environment and Biodiversity (SPEnBIO). They had approached the court to pass directions against depleting groundwater.
In its April 13 order, the NGT took up the issue of illegal borewells and directed the Central Groud Water Authority (CGWA) to seal all borewells run by industries, private individuals and private water suppliers running without permissions and consent in Ghaziabad and Hapur districts.
In this connection, the Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) has also served notices to residential highrises to procure NOC for borewells from CGWA. An RWA from Indirapuram has also moved court in this regard.
“In the circumstance, and in the interest of justice and to enable the CGWA to process the applications, we are of the opinion, that it is desirable to keep the directions in the order regarding sealing of industries passed on 13-04-2017 in abeyance, till the next date of hearing (sic),” the tribunal said in its order on May 30.
It also directed that the CGWA expedite and consider all applications received by it and pass appropriate orders before submitting the list before the tribunal. The counsel for CGWA told the tribunal that its April 13 order was enforced and the industries not having consent have been sealed.
Pinaki Mishra, the advocate appearing for applicant industries, maintained that the industries have been sealed unnecessarily despite the fact that they are only using saline water and have also complied with the requisite norms. He sought exemption of a cluster of industries from the April 13 order. Several other industries also moved applications to seek relief.
The CGWA told court that they received nearly 422 applications for grant of consent and more applications were expected. The agency also said that it requires 60 days to process one application and finds it difficult to deal with processing of applications in a short time.
“Taking into consideration the urgency expressed by the applicant’s industry, the fact that the order of this Tribunal has remained unenforced till now from 2015 and also the fact that some of the industries claim that they are using saline water only, detailed enquiry be made, if necessary.
Each of the application need to be given opportunity to be heard and therefore detailed consideration is necessary which is not possible today due to paucity of time and the commencement of vacation from 1st June, 2017 (sic),” the tribunal stated in its May 30 order.
In its April 13 order, the tribunal had directed the CGWA to seal all borewells run by the existing and newly established industries that were not granted consent as on the date of a previous April 15, 2015 order of the NGT.
“We have compiled and submitted nearly 30-35 applications of highrises to the DM’s office. We have requested the GDA to help us get documents through the builder or rope him in to to expedite applications for grant of consent for borewells,” said Sharat Jha from Consortium of societies, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad.