NGT orders N corpn to shut 9 illegal borewells

Delhi: 2 March, 2022 (Times of India)


The order came on a 2019 petition that sought action on  illegal extraction of groundwater from different places.

New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has ordered the North Delhi Municipal Corporation to close nine illegal borewells extracting groundwater, while directing the authorities to take remedial action against all such illegal units active in the capital.

The order came on a 2019 petition that sought action on illegal extraction of groundwater from different places in Kashmere Gate, Tilak Bazar, Sadar Bazar, Azad Market and Chandni Chowk, among others. NGT had constituted a joint team of the Delhi Jal Board and north corporation. Of the 12 addresses given in the joint team’s report, nine were found extracting ground water illegally, one was found locked, and in three, no borewell was found.

The tribunal bench, headed by Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, referred to an older report by DJB where several borewells were found extracting groundwater illegally without any action being taken against them. The bench, thus, reiterated its older order to prevent extraction of groundwater.

DJB, according to an August 2021 report, had identified over 19,661 illegal borewells, of which around 8,426 are yet to be sealed. Of those yet to be sealed, the South-West district — also one of the most water stressed areas — has the maximum number of illegal borewells active at 5,271. North-West district has 2,485 illegal borewells, West 392, Central 199 and North district has 13 active illegal borewells.