HC puts onus of illegal borewells on top babu
In order to put an end to illegal extraction of groundwater in Gurgaon, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that if anyone is found violating its order, Gurgaon deputy commissioner would be held personally responsible.india Updated: Aug 22, 2012 00:09 IST
In order to put an end to illegal extraction of groundwater in Gurgaon, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that if anyone is found violating its order, Gurgaon deputy commissioner would be held personally responsible.
The division bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain issued the directions while hearing a bunch of public interest litigations, including the one filed by Qutub Enclave Residents' Welfare Society.
The petitioners had approached the court highlighting the rapid depletion in groundwater in Gurgaon because of illegal use by the developers.
When the court was informed, during the hearing on Tuesday, that there were a total number of 31 functional borewells operating in DLF City, the bench directed the developer's counsel that a proper affidavit should be filed in the court on the next date, explaining when and with whose permission the borewells were dug.
In pursuance to the earlier directions issued by the court, it was informed by way of filing an affidavit by principal secretary, Haryana town and country planning department SS Dhillon that a total of 162 illegal borewells were found by the authorities at 80 construction sites.
Dhillon also informed that out of these borewells 57 were sealed and eight have been dismantled. He also submitted that the Gurgaon deputy commissioner was initiating action to seal all the illegal borewells.
On this, the bench said it was the duty of the deputy commissioner to carry out regular monitoring of operation of illegal borewells and directed the state government to give sufficient staff to the deputy commissioner for the purpose so that the officer can continue the drive.
The state counsel also informed the bench that construction of new canal for Gurgaon was under progress in which the water would start flowing within three months. The bench was also apprised that recycled water was available at Rampura and some other places which the developers can use for construction activities.
On this, the bench suggested that the developers should apply to the authorities for use of recycled water rather than illegally using groundwater.
The case has been now been adjourned for next hearing on September 4.