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No data on borewells, govt raps authorities

The Haryana government has rapped the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) for failing to submit data regarding use of groundwater in Gurgaon.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2012 00:40 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

The Haryana government has rapped the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) for failing to submit data regarding use of groundwater in Gurgaon.

Ironically, none of the government agencies has ever conducted a comprehensive survey on the number of borewells being used for construction in Gurgaon.

The Gurgaon district magistrate directed the Huda and the MCG to submit details of ground water extraction and number of borewells in their respective areas within two days. According to sources, there were a total of about 20,000 borewells registered in Gurgaon in 2001 and the number had increased to about 30,000 in 2011, despite notifications issued by the CGWA in the year 2001, 2002 and 2006. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/7/18_07_12-metro4b.jpg

Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, Town and Country Planning, SS Dhillon admitted that the Gurgaon authorities did not provide details of borewells despite repeated reminders.

As per the CGWA survey in 2000, the water table in Gurgaon was falling at a rate of 1-1.2 metres annually, which has now gone up to 3 metres per year. The water table in Gurgaon plummeted by 16 meters in the past ten years. The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday restrained the state government from giving nod to any new construction in Gurgaon district on a petition by residents over depleting ground water. "While Huda officials put the number of borewells at 80-120 RWAs claim over 108 borewells were being operated by DLF and Ansals alone," the petition said.

"Administration has not issued permission for digging a borewell in the past two years. We have appointed 20 teams to monitor borewells," said PC Meena, deputy commissioner.