NGT de­nies ground­wa­ter ex­trac­tion by in­dus­tries

DNA (Delhi) - - COMMUNITY -

The Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT) has im­posed a ban on ex­trac­tion of ground­wa­ter by in­dus­tries en­gaged in sale of bot­tled wa­ter in Narela and Bawana in­dus­trial ar­eas.

A bench headed by NGT Chair­per­son Jus­tice Adarsh Ku­mar Goel passed the or­der af­ter Delhi Jal Board (DJB) in­formed it that per­mis­sion for ex­trac­tion of ground­wa­ter can­not be granted to in­dus­tries and com­mer­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions due to se­ri­ous de­ple­tion of wa­ter lev­els in the area.

“In view of above, it will be in the in­ter­est of the en­vi­ron­ment that ground­wa­ter is not al­lowed to be ex­tracted till there is an im­prove­ment in the sit­u­a­tion. Ac­cord­ingly, we di­rect that no ground­wa­ter be al­lowed to be ex­tracted till fur­ther or­ders,” the bench said.

The green panel also noted the af­fi­davit filed by DJB which said that if “com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments like malls need ground­wa­ter, then the com­pe­tent author­ity should make them part of wa­ter sup­ply chain with the con­di­tion of in­stal­la­tion of wa­ter me­ters, ground­wa­ter us­age charges as pre­scribed by the com­pe­tent author­ity”.

The mat­ter is now listed for next hear­ing on July 30.

The tri­bunal had ear­lier di­rected the Cen­tral Ground Wa­ter Author­ity (CGWA) to in­form the DJB about the lat­est ground­wa­ter data in the na­tional cap­i­tal.

Ear­lier, the tri­bunal had di­rected the sec­re­tary con­cerned of the Delhi govern­ment, CEO of the DJB and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Delhi State In­dus­trial and In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion Ltd to hold a meet­ing on the is­sue of ex­trac­tion of wa­ter by in­dus­tries in Narela and Bawana.

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