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City water table touches new low

The city’s water table is falling at a dangerous pace.

india Updated: Apr 18, 2011 00:03 IST
Eshani Mathur

The city’s water table is falling at a dangerous pace.

According to the groundwater department, in the last four years, the water level in New Gurgaon localities such as DLF City has plummeted by a record 31 metres (101.7 feet) — from 39.79 metres to 70 metres.

The department has said the water is just enough for drinking and cautioned residents against its misuse.

In 2007, scientists of Central Ground Water Authority had predicted, with an alarming rate of extraction of 311%, the city would run out of water by 2017.

Fearing the worst, the department has requested the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) to undertake restoration of all water bodies which have become extinct due to large-scale construction activities over a period of time.

The department has also requested HUDA to restore check dams to avoid run-off.

Officials in the ground water cell told HT, “The reason for imbalance is that Sectors 15, 27, 28, 43 and 53 are built on natural bunds which recharge the water table. Gurgaon is left with no source to replenish water bodies.”

Taking note of the issue, Gurgaon deputy commissioner MC Meena has asked its officers to file an affidavit undertaking there are no borewells in their respective areas that extract groundwater for other than domestic purposes.

He said 17 teams have been formed to keep a check.