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'Location of tube wells be disclosed' (April)

  The committee set up by the national green tribunal to draw up a groundwater conservation plan of Delhi is likely to recommend to the court on Wednesday that, under a voluntary disclosure drive, residents and industries should inform Delhi Jal Board and the environment department of any tube wells in their respective premises.


Officials say that a lack of data on the number of borewells in the city is the primary reason why concerned agencies have been unable to check unauthorized extraction of groundwater so far. "Till now only private tanker operators were supposed to register with DJB but in the next few days, the environment department is expected to take out a notice, asking everyone to register their tubewells with respective deputy commissioners.


If we want to take action against unauthorized groundwater extraction, it will be imperative to know who is withdrawing how much groundwater and where," said Sanjiv Kumar, secretary, environment who is also the chairman of the committee. The other proposal is to meter borewells that are being used for commercial and industrial use. "It will also be useful to have all commercial and industrial tubewells metered," said a source.


Times of India, Delhi, Tuesday 22nd April 2014