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Prepare comprehensive plan for recharge of groundwater: NGT to DJB

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The has directed the Jal Board (DJB) to prepare a comprehensive plan for recharge, besides asking authorities to take expeditious action against illegal borewells which had led to serious depletion of levels in the city.

A bench headed by acting NGT Justice directed the DJB, which supplies to the city, to file a detailed affidavit in this regard before May 23.

The tribunal also pulled up the city government and the DJB over illegal borewells and directed the authorities to take speedy action against the violators.

"The senior H S Phoolka submits that taking into consideration all attending circumstances, it is desirable to direct the NCT and DJB to place before the tribunal whether they have prepared any project or comprehensive plan for of

"The for government submits as far as the Delhi is concerned, if DJB has prepared any such plan it may be forwarded to them for expeditious approval. Be that as it may, we would require DJB to make a statement in this regard," the bench said.

The green panel had earlier asked the government to act against unauthorised extraction in the national capital and directed it to seal the illegal borewells.

It had directed DJB to submit the list of all illegal borewells running without permission.

The order had come after told the tribunal that the Deputy Commissioners of could not seal the illegal borewells as they did not receive complete information about them from the DJB, as was directed by the tribunal.

The DJB had opposed the submission and said they had already furnished information about 4,872 borewells to the Deputy Commissioners.

The appalling picture of water supply in the capital had prompted the tribunal to seek the response of the city government in the matter, after taking suo motu cognisance of a media report that "stinking and dirty" water was flowing through water supply lines and the borewells were pumping out contaminated water.

Later, it had constituted a committee comprising (Environment) and representatives from Central Board, Delhi Committee, DJB, Board and all municipal corporations and asked them to submit a complete and comprehensive report.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 17:55 IST