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Huda moves at a snail’s pace on illegal borewells

india Updated: Aug 13, 2012 00:51 IST
Deevakar Anand

A strict order from the Punjab and Haryana high court to ban groundwater extraction in the Millennium City seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

Days after the July 31 directive, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has managed to seal only five borewells out of the nine raided. The court had given the administration two weeks to shut all borewells at construction sites, take action against the erring builders and submit a report on August 21.

The Gurgaon deputy commissioner, the district town and country planning authority and the Huda are responsible for enforcing the high court ban.

Though the Huda raided four more construction sites near Malibu Towne on Friday and Saturday, but the move came after repeated reminders from a resident and RTI activist, Raman Sharma. The activist even accompanied the officials during the raid.

A Huda team led by the administrator's personal assistant, Servesh Joon, found that a major construction site on the Gurgaon- Faridabad road was using 14 borewells. After being caught red-handed, three other construction firms also admitted, in writing, that they had been using groundwater for construction. In one case, the builder had access to the domestic water supply. Joon said FIRs would be lodged against all such violators.