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No fresh construction licences in Gurgaon: HC

Alarmed over the depleting groundwater level in Gurgaon, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday barred the state government and other agencies from issuing fresh licences for any construction activity unless builders gave an undertaking to not draw underground water

india Updated: Jul 16, 2012 23:54 IST
HT Correspondent

Alarmed over the depleting groundwater level in Gurgaon, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday barred the state government and other agencies from issuing fresh licences for any construction activity unless builders gave an undertaking to not draw underground water.

The court ordered the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) to ensure that the undertaking by the builder or individuals should make clear the source of water drawn by them for construction. The court also wanted to know how the authorities were planning to deal with the dip in the water table.

The division bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain asked the state officials to give details of how many water connections have been released till now by the authorities.

The high court also asked for details of the total water connections in Gurgaon and its actual requirement. The court has directed, among others, the secretaries of town and country planning, Gurgaon deputy commissioner, the Public Health Department and Huda administrator to remain present in the court on July 31.

The bench gave the order on a bunch of petitions filed by one Sunil Singh and Qutub Enclave Residents Welfare Association. The petitioners had approached the court, seeking directions to concerned agencies to restrain illegal use of groundwater for construction and other commercial purposes.

The order has rattled the construction industry for it will have a bearing on nearly 350 big-ticket commercial and residential projects in the city. These projects had been cleared by the union ministry of environment and forests in the past 18 months and were due for approval from the Haryana government.

The town and country planning department, Huda and municipal corporation also would not be able to issue sanctions to individual plot owners for constructing their houses till July 31.