The Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has declared Gurgaon district as a notified area for improvement of groundwater level. As a result, construction or installation of any new borewell for extraction of groundwater has been prohibited.
About 18 surveillance teams are already at work spread across different areas.
The CGWA, in consultation with the state government, has identified Gurgaon district as an over-exploited area where groundwater extraction was more than the average annual replenishment.
The authority had issued a public notice in leading daily newspapers to invite objections and suggestions from all stakeholders.
According to the guidelines, no new structure can be built in the district to extract groundwater without prior approval of the authorised officer i.e. the deputy commissioner.
These instructions would not apply on any owner of a non-energised well or borewell fitted with hand pump used solely for drinking and domestic purposes.