TIMES CITY | GURGAON | Owners of illegal Bore wells Will Now Be Treated as Criminal Offenders under Section 188 of the Indian Penal.| Vineet Gill TNN
Gurgaon : The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered a complete ban on bore wells and asked the administrate- ton not to give out permits for those without consultation with the court. The order comes barely a week after officials of the public health department predicted that at the current rate of consumption, Gurgaon will run out of groundwater by 2040.
The court gas also made possession illegal bore walls a criminal offence, and the violations will henceforth be booked under sections of the IPC.
Acknowledging that illegal extraction of groundwater using bore wells has contributed heavily to the decline in the groundwater table the administration is now bracing up for a comprehensive drive against illegal bore wells in Gurgaon.
It has constituted six teams, which will carry out regular surveys of the city and will also be responsible for rounding up offenders.
Deputy Commissioner R K kataria said after the court’s orders he is no longer authorized to give out permissions for bore wells, and that people eho use and possess illegitimated bore wells will be booked under sections of the IPC and not the environment court as was the case earlier.
“We have already arrested three people in the last two days near palm Vicar,” said Kataria.
In 2008, the DC align with a committee comprising officials of HUDA,DTCP,HSIIDC and MCG, was given the charge of issuing permits for bore wells.
“Only bore wells required for drinking water purposes water allowed. But now the court has put a stay on that ,”said Kataria.
Earlier, illegal bore wells were merely impounded and no action was taken against owners. After the court’s latest order, three FLRs have been lodged and two persons arrested. and two persons arrested. More arrests will follow, warns the administrations
Six teams have been constituted to carry out regular surveys of illegal bore wells. The team will also be responsible for rounding up offenders.
He said while earlier illegal bore wells Were merely impounded and no action was taken against owners, from now on the violators will be booked under Section 188 of the IPC.
Kataria added that the drive has been intensified now, and that more arrests will soon follow.
“If we get any reports of illegal extraction of groundwater, we will act promptly. Of police about this, and asked him to convey the matter to his SHOs,” said Kataria. The new teams put together by the DC comprise officials from all branches – the HSIIDC, MCG, DTCP, HUDA and the pollution control board – and the hydrologist of the ground water cell in Gurgaon has been made the nodal officer. “The teams will take stock of the number of bore wells in different areas.