NGT forms panel for inspection on groundwater misuse in NCR

In a much needed move to curtail the realty builders in NCR from extracting precious ground water for construction, the NGT (National Green Tribunal) has constituted a committee to conduct surprise inspections at sites. The committee will comprise of officers from Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) and Central/State Pollution Control Boards and are expected to submit their report one week prior to the next date of hearing of a plea submitted by a resident of Noida. The inspection mainly covers major constructions sites in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Greater Noida and Faridabad.

The report by the NGT committee will cover three major aspects: the mechanism for extraction of ground water, its source and the actual amount of water required for construction works. The NGT slammed the authorities for not taking actions or conducting inspections to restrain the misuse of precious ground water.

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However, the statistical analysis of the satellite cities in NCR opens an alarming situation of the misuse of ground water. A report by Haryana government reveals the area of fresh groundwater in Gurgaon has reduced by 12,634 hectares during 2012 to 2014. In case of Faridabad, the ground water level of total considered space which was 100% in 2012 was alarmingly reduced to 69% last year. While areas like Panipat and Sonipat has shown a positive sign of ground water content in the report.

Earlier in April 2015, the NGT had taken up the issue under scanner on the backdrop of the CGWA blaming the concretization and urbanization for depleting ground water in the NCR. The CGWA also had also called for enacting ‘one family, one house rule’ in Noida and Greater Noida to counter the issue of depleting ground water level.

The innumerable firms and industries in NCR have polluted the groundwater content with its factory effluents making the issue of groundwater much worse. Also the climatic conditions are also not in favour in gaining healthy ground water content as country has witnessed a deficient monsoon this year.

However, NGT has extended its arms over the years to take action whenever the groundwater issue had popped up. But sadly it has not acted wisely in order to attain an all time solution. We can expect the apex body along with the CGWA to act much efficiently from now on to stop the misuse of groundwater which is prerequisite for our living.

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