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Ghaziabad: Nine illegal groundwater extraction plants sealed

Ghaziabad authorities are cracking down on illegal groundwater extraction after recent NGT directions

noida Updated: Jun 26, 2017 23:02 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times/Ghaziabad
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The drive against illegal water extraction units was taken up after recent directions by the NGT in this regard.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

District officials on Saturday sealed nine illegal water extraction units in Sahibabad and also got their electricity supply disconnected to ensure that they don’t resume operations.

The drive against illegal water extraction units was taken up in compliance of Allahabad high court orders and recent directions by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The district officials have also formed a committee that will routinely take up the drive in different areas.

“The nine plants were illegally extracting groundwater and selling it commercially. We got these sealed and have handed over a report to Sahibabad police station officials. They will conduct periodic checks and ensure that the seal is not broken and no operations are taken up by the plant owners again,” said Prem Ranjan Singh, joint magistrate.

“If it is found that the sealed units are operational again, the police officials will be held responsible,” he added.

Read more: Groundwater depletes in Hapur, Gzb, green court issues notices

The nine plants were traced at DLF Colony, Sahibabad, Dilshad Extension, Bhopra and Pappu Colony.

These areas lack proper drinking water supplies and the plant owners were making money by extracting and selling groundwater to residential and commercial establishments.

In its order on April 13, the NGT had taken up the issue of illegal borewells and directed the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) to seal all borewells run by industries, private individuals and private water suppliers that were running without permission and consent in Ghaziabad and Hapur districts.

The directions came in connection with a petition filed by activist Sushil Raghav and Society for Protection of Environment and Biodiversity (SPEnBIO). They had sought directions against depleting groundwater.

In this connection, the Ghaziabad development authority (GDA) had served notices to residential highrises to procure no-objection certificates (NOC) from CGWA for borewells. A number of aggrieved parties, including RWAs from Indirapuram, had moved the NGT thereafter.

Later, the green tribunal kept its April 13 order in abeyance till July 13.

“The drive will be taken up regularly. Now, we will launch and identify illegal water extraction units in Vijay Nagar, Khoda and other similar areas. We have learnt that a number of illegal water extraction plants are running and selling water commercially in these areas,” Singh added.

First Published: Jun 26, 2017 23:02 IST