Gurgaon: Govt, Huda seek 4 weeks to reply on groundwater use at Appu Ghar
Petitioner Harinder Dhingra pleaded that Appu Ghar, which is being run by IRAL, is exploiting groundwater in an area which is marked as “dark zone” by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) since 2008. As a result, the area is facing a water shortage, the petitioner claimed.Updated: Aug 02, 2017, 22:51 IST
The state government, Huda and International Recreation and Amusement Limited (IRAL) asked the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for four weeks’ time for submitting details on groundwater extraction by Appu Ghar, the amusement park, located in Sector 29, Gurgaon.
The tribunal had issued an order to the state government, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and to the amusement park on Thursday while hearing a petition that alleged over extraction of groundwater by the park.
Petitioner Harinder Dhingra pleaded that Appu Ghar, which is being run by IRAL, is exploiting groundwater in an area which is marked as “dark zone” by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) since 2008. As a result, the area is facing a water shortage, the petitioner claimed.
The plea also pointed out that though the amusement park, which is spread across 42 acres, had obtained two water connections — of 50mm and 25mm — from the Huda, but it was withdrawing more water than permitted.
The NGT had asked the state government to investigate the matter and submit a report before July 31.
The plea also maintained that the amusement park is extracting groundwater “illegally” and as a result water table is depleting. “The state government and the civic agency are jointly helping the amusement park exploit groundwater,” Dhingra said.
At present, groundwater extraction in the city is around 308% when it should not be more than 85%, as per the CGWB norms. Neighbouring districts such as Faridabad extracts around 75%, Palwal about 80% and Mewat about 85%.
According to the CGWB, over-exploitation of groundwater has caused the water table to dip to dangerous levels and could lead to the creation of voda-zones (shallow areas) underneath the earth, thereby destabilising the area. This could spell trouble for Gurgaon, which is already in seismic zone 4, the high damage risk zone in case of an earthquake.
“We do have an approved water connection of 25 mm and 100 mm dia (each one) for water supply to water park, There is no bore at site, we are 100% complied for extracting ground water. We do have quality filtration plants and use fresh water only for topping up, site is of 25 acre wherein, water park is only at 8 acre of property. Wasted water is treated and re-used for landscaping and other sources”, a representative of IRAL management said.