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Illegal borewells to be sealed

india Updated: Apr 15, 2011 01:03 IST
HT Correspondent

In order to restrict misuse of groundwater, the district administration has asked its officials to conduct a comprehensive survey across the city and seal all unauthorised borewells.

The move came as part of measures to implement the Punjab and Haryana High Court order which banned drilling of new borewells in notified areas and directed the authorities to ensure that water extracted from borewells should be used only for domestic and not commercial purposes.

The administration had constituted 16 teams of officers to conduct checking and seal borewells operating without permit in different areas.

Deputy commissioner PC Meena has asked the in-charge of each team to give an undertaking that no unauthorised borewell was operational in their area. He also asked them to ensure that there was no misuse of groundwater.

The officials have been asked to give undertakings on stamp papers. If the operator of an authorised borewell is found making commercial use, the borewell should be sealed and dismantled, Meena said.

According to the High Court order, the use of underground resources is prohibited for construction activities, filling of water tankers and other commercial utilisation.

Meena also sought reports from each team about actions taken by them till now and directed them to lodge complaints against violators.

He said the Central Ground Water Authority had also given 90 days for installing water meters for authorised borewells.

The deputy commissioner also said that the officials of Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) are responsible to ensure adequate supply of water in their respective areas.