Stop illegal extraction of groundwater, central authority tells Uttar Pradesh, ET RealEstate

June 24, 2023

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GHAZIABAD: The Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) has written to the Uttar Pradesh groundwater department, directing it to take action on a complaint of illegal groundwater extraction in the over-exploited blocks of Ghaziabad city, Rajapur, Bhojpur, and Loni. The nodal officer of the groundwater department said an investigation is on, and action will follow.

According to the complaint by environmental activist Pradeep Dahlia, several colonies, group housing projects, commercial establishments, RO supply firms, industries, and car wash centres are illegally extracting groundwater. “We have complained of illegal groundwater extraction in colonies like Vasundhara, Vaishali, Indirapuram, Kaushambi, Brij Vihar, Surya Nagar, etc.

It violates the Central Ground Water Authority Guidelines, 2020, and the UP GroundWater (Management and Regulation) Act, 2019,” said Dahlia, adding several builder projects in Raj Nagar Extension, Crossings Republik, etc., are illegally extracting groundwater too.

According to a recent report by the Uttar Pradesh groundwater department, the average groundwater level in Ghaziabad city was 24.9 metres in 2016, but it plummeted to 31 metres in 2022. Illegal groundwater extraction, especially in residential areas, has been cited as one of the main reasons for the depletion of the water table.

Officials said a huge gap in the water demand and supply has led to an overdependence on groundwater. According to the groundwater department, the extraction rate is 263.4% in Ghaziabad city, categorised as a notified area, followed by a 140.9% extraction rate in Bhojpur, 132.9% in Loni, and 110.2% in Rajapur. Muradnagar is the only block in the Ghaziabad district where extraction is under 100%–88.2%.

“Ghaziabad city falls in the notified category, i.e., the groundwater department cannot issue new NOCs for groundwater extraction. The ones who applied in the past could get the NOCs approved if all the documents are there, but not the new ones,” said Hariom, the executive engineer of minor irrigation. He added that the department is investigating the matter and will have a report on June 27.

  • Published On Jun 23, 2023 at 03:00 PM IST

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