Gurgaon: Two illegal borewells extracting nearly 1.2 million litres of water daily sealed in Carterpuri
An operator of one of the sealed borewells in Carterpuri village said more than 100 tankers, each with a capacity of 12,000 litres, were filled with by a single borewell. This means that the two borewells were extracting nearly 24 lakh (2.4 million) litres of groundwater daily.gurgaon Updated: Jun 28, 2017 23:06 IST
The chief minister’s flying squad along with hydrology department on Wednesday sealed two illegal borewells that were extracting nearly 1.2 million litres of groundwater every day.
The search operations to identify and seal illegal borewells in several areas of the city continued for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.
A 10-member team visited Sector 10-A, Sector 18 and Carterpuri village near Palam Vihar. The drive by the CM flying squad came after HT on Monday reported about the rampant exploitation of groundwater in Gurgaon that might eventually lead to the region going dry, as warned by a Centre for Science and Environment report.
Only borewells that were being used for commercial purposes were sealed by the team.
“The borewells we sealed today were being used for filling up a large number of tankers, which were being sent to construction sites,” said Harish Budhiraja, CID officer.
An operator of one of the sealed borewells in Carterpuri village said more than 100 tankers, each with a capacity of 12,000 litres, were filled by a single borewell. This means that the two borewells were extracting nearly 24 lakh (2.4 million) litres of groundwater daily.
Each tanker cost Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 in the market and as the demand is high during summer, these units were making a killing, Budhiraja said, adding that “big money is involved in this operation as investment is negligible and the profit huge”.
“It is a huge mafia and the accused (the borewell operators) have also failed to provide any documents to prove that they authorisation to sell water through tankers to construction sites,” Budhiraja said.
The hydrologist department officials said the drive will continue as the groundwater level has been depleting by two to three metres a year, which is alarming.
“We are also running an awareness campaign to sensitise people regarding the issue. Merely sealing the borewells will not solve the problem,” Surender Nehra, an official of hydrology department, said.
According to the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), till 2016, about 2,300 tubewells in the city were sealed for illegal extraction of groundwater.
At present, groundwater extraction in the city is estimated at 308%, well above the permissible limit of 85%, as permitted by the CGWB.
MCG also cracks down on illegal borewells
A Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) official on Tuesday complained to the police regarding four illegal borewells in Jahajgarh village area.
In his complaint, Vinod Kumar, junior engineer, MCG, said three persons were allegedly involved in extracting groundwater from the four borewells for commercial use, a practice banned by the Central Ground Water Board.
The accused were indentified as Jai Prakash, Chhotu Ram and Vijay.
A case has been lodged in the Rajender Park police station under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the IPC and section 15 of the Environment Protection Act (Penalty for contravention of the provisions of the Act and the rules).
“The four borewells were sealed by us on Tuesday after we received the complaint. We acted swiftly as the groundwater issue is being taken seriously by all civic bodies in the city,” inspector Ajaybir Singh, station house officer, Rajender Park police station.