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Why rampant illegal groundwater extraction in Gurgaon, asks HC




27th November, Times of India ,Gurgaon


NEW DELHI: The Punjab and Haryana High Court has asked for Haryana government's response to a PIL alleging rampant illegal extraction of groundwater in Gurgaon allegedly because of nexus between builders and urban development officials who sanction new structures without proper municipal water connection. 


A bench of Ashutosh Mohunta and Raj R Garg sought responses of the state government, Haryana Urban Development Authority and Gurgaon civic bodies as well as Shyam Communication Systems, which was cited by petitioner Mukesh Sharma as one of the users of illegally extracted groundwater. 


Appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate Indira Jaising said several large conglomerates have made their huge residential and commercial complexes operational without authorized water connection from the civil authority. "All these companies then rely on purchase of groundwater illegally extracted and sold by the water mafia," the petitioner alleged. 


The petitioner complained that though extraction of groundwater was in breach of Environment Protection Act, 1986, and the norms and guidelines specified by the Central Ground Water Authority, Gurgaon officials are doing little to stop the rampant violation of rules.