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Borewell owners get 1 more month to install meters

india Updated: Apr 19, 2011 01:39 IST
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Borewell owners in Gurgaon get more time to install water meters with the district administration extending the deadline from April 9 to May 8.

Following an order of the Punjab & Haryana High Court restricting use of ground water, the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has issued guidelines to all the tubewell owners to maintain record of the resources extracted from their water pump sets.

The CGWA, in its order dated Feb 8 2011, has made it mandatory for all the registered tubewell owners in notified areas in the district to install water meters.

Gurgaon deputy commissioner MC Meena said that the tubewells of those violating the High Court order will be sealed and strict action will be taken against the offender under Environment Protection Act.

Taking note of the fast depletion of water table in Gurgaon, the High Court said in its order in December last year that the underground water extracted from borewells should be used only for domestic purposes and not for commercial activities.

The court has made it mandatory for the existing tubewell owners to get permit from the authority.

It also restricted the government departments, including the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) from digging any new borewell without its permission.

The court also banned the use of underground water is for supplying water tankers in residential areas and construction activities.

According to the High Court, if any tubewell was found violating the rules, it should be sealed and dismantled and power supply be disconnected.

The district administration has formed 18 teams of officials to implement the court order in the notified areas which include the urban colonies, industrial areas and 105 villages. The in-charge of each team has been asked to give and undertaking that the underground water is not being misused in their respective area.