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No step taken by Govt to check Delhi's groundwater depletion: SC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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

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

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

It asked the Centre for immediate, intermediary and long term measures to check the 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 then perused a report filed by the Central Ground Board (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 of ground had cropped up when the court was hearing a matter relating to the sealing of unauthorised constructions in Delhi.

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

The court had earlier asked the of the Ministry of Water Resources, the and Delhi Committee to inform it about the "possible solutions" to this situation.

The CGWB, in its report, had said there were some pockets in Delhi where the change in ground water level was not significant or had remained unchanged and such pockets of shallow and rising water level areas have diminished over the period.

The court had expressed concern over the fact that even in areas where the President's Estate was located, the ground water level has depleted over the years.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 15:50 IST