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Ggn groundwater levels drop to 10 meter in 4 yrs

Gurugram: In four years that is from 2014 to 2018, the groundwater levels in Gurugram has dropped to 10 metres.

The average levels at which the groundwater can now be tapped in Gurugram is at 36 metres.

In 1974, the groundwater reserves could be tapped at just six metres. According to data obtained by the agriculture department in groundwater cell district overdrew on its groundwater reserves by 226%. Gurugram city alone overdrew its supply by 308%. In 2013, the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB) had categorised the district as 'over-exploited'.

The challenge towards the renewal of falling groundwater reserves in the city can be gauged from the fact that over 180 out of 300 water harvesting pits under the Gurugram civic body is defunct. The figures came from the survey that was sanctioned by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG). The Non-productive use of such pits further increases as water harvesting units in various private colonies and HUDA sectors have also not been effectively utilised. There are over 500 water harvesting pits that are expected to be there in the city.

Expressing concern over the depleting groundwater reserves the Punjab and Haryana High Court, in an order dated April 9, directed the district authorities to file a fresh status report on the matter within four weeks. The court gave the directive with reference to a 2008 public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Sunil Singh against the Ministry of Environment and Forests and others on illegal extraction of groundwater through bore-wells. "Allegations are that on account of illegally dug bore-wells and use of underground water, groundwater level has gone dangerously low. The day is not far when there would no water available. After hearing the learned counsel for the petitioner and also going through records, we feel a fresh status report is required from every stakeholder," stated the court in its order.

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