Anxious about the depleting groundwater table, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) on Thursday decided to penalise people who misuse water.
Those wasting water for domestic use will be fined Rs 500 on the first instance and Rs 1,000 the second time. For commercial establishments, the fine will be Rs 2,500 on the first instance and the amount will be doubled the second time, a spokesperson of the MCG said. The action will be taken under the Municipal Corporation Act, 1994.
MCG acting commissioner TL Satyaprakash authorised Red Cross Society secretary Shyam Sundar to issue challans to violators across the corporation’s jurisdiction. He also ordered assistant and junior engineers to check the water wastage in their respective areas.
Satyaprakash said instead of water hoses, residents should use buckets to water plants and wash cars. He said those found using water hoses for washing floors, cars and watering plants will be penalised on the spot.
He advised residents to close water taps when not in use and build underground water tanks to store water. He said motors should be used to pump water from underground tanks to water tanks mounted on rooftops. This will ensure equal water supply to all areas. He said MCG teams will keep a tab on violators and also video graph the violation, and issue challans.
“Do not get water connection without permission and install water meters. Water will be available to all when it is used judiciously and not misused,” Satyaprakash said.