40 borewells sealed as deadline nears
As the deadline for filing a report in the Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) on August 21 nears, the authorities have sealed as many as 40 borewells in the last two days. Water is extracted illegally from borewells for construction.gurgaon Updated: Aug 15, 2012 23:58 IST
As the deadline for filing a report in the Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) on August 21 nears, the authorities have sealed as many as 40 borewells in the last two days. Water is extracted illegally from borewells for construction.
On Monday, a team of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) found that water was being extracted illegally from seven borewells, while the number was 14 on Tuesday. Sixteen more were sealed on Wednesday. Huda has forwarded a request for lodging an FIR against the errant builders.
HT had reported on August 13 how authorities had not sealed a single illegal borewell despite the HC’s July 31 order.
The court had ordered the Haryana government to seal all borewells at construction sites over the next two weeks, initiate action against errant builders for illegally using groundwater and submit a report on August 21.
Meanwhile, the district town and country planning department (DTCP) — under whose jurisdiction falls the private developer’s area of the city — and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon are yet to form a team for sealing illegal borewells.
On Wednesday, Huda wrote to the DTCP that “There are many illegal borewells used for construction by the builders and colonisers”.
“Despite repeated requests on the telephone that complete details of the area and violators should be provided to the team which seals illegal borewells, a response is awaited from the DTCP. This act may be treated as contempt of the order of the high court,” reads the Huda’s communication to the department.
The HC had come down heavily on SS Dhillon, principal secretary, Haryana town and country planning department on July 31 during a resumed hearing on petitions on depleting groundwater by one Sunil Singh and Qutab Enclave Residents Welfare Association, DLF City, in 2009.
Dhillon was asked by the court, “The area had been declared black zone long ago. Have you ever asked the builder after visiting the site from where they were getting the water? Where will the next generation go if we’ll extract the complete groundwater?”
Earlier on July 16, the court had restrained the government from giving fresh permissions of constructions. The stay continues.