NGT directs actions against illegal wells in Delhi

NEW DELHI: The has ordered the (DPCC) to coordinate with interested officials to ensure action against those who operate illegal wells to protect groundwater.

A bank headed by the president of NGT said that the action has to be closing illegal sounding wells, prosecuting said operators and recovering compensation according to the principle of Paid Polluter.

The DPCC can act directly or coordinate with the DM/SDM on a regular basis and ensure that appropriate legal action is taken against the operation of illegal wells, the bank said.

The court noted that the states report that there are 19,154 illegal wells of which 2,630 have been sealed.

The DJB told the NGT that district magistrates must take measures to seal.

DPCC told the court that compensation for the illegal operation of the tube well has been evaluated.

The report (DJB) shows that although 19,154 illegal wells are recognized and it is said that measures were taken against 2,630, the status of the actions against the remaining 16,524 illegal wells is unknown. The only claim is that such measures must be taken by the concerned DMs, the court said in its order Thursday.

He said that even if so, groundwater extraction is regulated by the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act of 1986, the jurisdiction also rests with the DPCC, apart from other authorities, including the CGWA and the DM.

The NGT ordered DPCC to submit an additional action report by email and said that the chief secretary of Delhi could also examine the matter, taking into account the magnitude of the problem.

The court was listening to a statement submitted by city resident Abdul Farukh alleging that water is being drawn from government tube wells in the village of Chandan Hulla in Chhatarpur and that it is being sold by private oil owners.

The statement said earlier, action had been taken against them, but the problem still continues.