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Delhi groundwater depletion a serious problem, says Supreme Court

You are doing nothing to reduce water consumption: SC to Delhi govt on groundwater issue

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Centre, the government and their civic bodies for not taking any step to tackle the "serious problem" of depletion in the capital.

The apex court perused the NITI Aayog's report which said that various authorities were passing the buck and shying away from their responsibility.

"You are doing nothing to reduce water consumption, there is no plan for recharge and preservation of groundwater," a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said.

It asked the Centre for immediate, intermediary and long term measures to check the depletion of Delhi's

The apex court had on May 8 expressed grave concern on "over-exploitation" of in most parts of and asked the authorities to avert a crisis, saying the situation was "semi-critical".

It had perused a report filed by the (CGWB) on the status of groundwater level in from May 2000 till May 2017 and said it indicated an "extremely sad state of affairs" and the situation was serious.

The issue of depletion of ground water had cropped up when the court was hearing a matter relating to sealing of unauthorised constructions in Delhi.

The top court is dealing with the issue related to validity of the Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006 and subsequent legislations which protect unauthorised construction from being sealed.

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 14:58 IST