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No groundwater extraction by industries in Narela, Bawana: NGT

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has imposed a ban on extraction of by industries engaged in sale of bottled in and industrial areas here.

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

"In view of above, it will be in the interest of the environment that ground is not allowed to be extracted till there is an improvement in the situation. Accordingly, we direct that no 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, ground water 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 (CGWA) to inform the DJB about the latest groundwater data in the national capital.

Earlier, the tribunal had directed the concerned of the government, of the DJB and of the State Industrial and to hold a meeting on the issue of extraction of water by industries in and

It had also rapped the city government and the DJB over illegal borewells in and industrial areas which had led to serious depletion of water levels.

The NGT had taken exception to the "abuse" of its interim order by the to allow borewells in these industrial areas.

The tribunal was hearing petitions filed by the and opposing the illegal use of groundwater in Delhi.

The green panel had in 2014 set up committees comprising officials of the DJB, the CGWA, the city government and other bodies to seal the illegal borewells in these industrial areas and file a comprehensive report.

It had also ordered the committees to prepare a comprehensive report on how many borewells were operating in the industrial pockets, including Bawana and Narela, and whether they had permission from the competent authority or were registered with the

Taking serious note of the "water scarcity" in Delhi, the tribunal had pulled up the authorities for failing to perform their statutory administrative obligation in ensuring adequate water supply.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 18:05 IST