'Install GPS device on borewell digging machines'
In order to check unauthorised digging of borewells, the Gurgaon administration has asked the owners of boring machines to install GPS device on their equipment and on the vehicles used for ferrying them. Dhananjay Jha reports.Updated: Jul 02, 2013 02:16 IST
In order to check unauthorised digging of borewells, the Gurgaon administration has asked the owners of boring machines to install GPS device on their equipment and on the vehicles used for ferrying them.
Deputy commissioner PC Meena held a meeting in this regard on Monday and passed the order to stop the misuse of the administration's permission for the rain water harvesting (RWH) pits. Meena is expected to fix a deadline for device installation on Tuesday.
In the garb of digging pits for the RWH, residents start digging borewells and extract groundwater illegally.
The order has been issued in the wake of the fast depleting groundwater table in the district that has about 100 registered drillers.
"We want to keep a close watch on the drillers who connive with the residents and dig pits more than the permission granted for," said the DC.
"We have assigned the task to district hydrologist MS Lamba. He will report in the next few days," he said.
The GPS device would help the administration keep a track on the movement of the drilling machines in the entire district.
As per the existing norms, the district advisory committee gives permission for the rain water harvesting pits and also grants permission for repairing of the existing but dried borewells.
The task of drilling is assigned to the registered drillers only, with specific mention of number of borewells or pits and the areas.
In Gurgaon, digging of borewells is banned. Digging of pits for the rain water harvesting cannot be done without obtaining prior permission from the competent authority.