NEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has imposed a ban on extraction of groundwater by industries engaged in sale of bottled water in Narela and Bawana industrial areas here. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel passed the order after Delhi Jal Board (DJB) informed it that permission for extraction of groundwater cannot be granted to industries and commercial organisations due to serious depletion of water levels in the area. "In view of above, it will be in the interest of the environment that ground water is not allowed to be extracted till there is an improvement in the situation. Accordingly, we direct that no groundwater be allowed to be extracted till further orders," the bench said.
The green panel also noted the affidavit filed by DJB which said that if "commercial establishments like malls need groundwater, then the competent authority should make them part of water supply chain with the condition of installation of water meters, ground water usage charges as prescribed by the competent authority".
The matter is now listed for next hearing on July 30.
The tribunal had earlier directed the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) to inform the DJB about the latest groundwater data in the national Capital. Earlier, the tribunal had directed the secretary concerned of the Delhi government, CEO of the DJB and managing director of the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd to hold a meeting on the issue of extraction of water by industries in Narela and Bawana.
It had also rapped the city government and the DJB over illegal borewells in Narela and Bawana industrial areas which had led to serious depletion of water levels. The NGT had taken exception to the "abuse" of its interim order by the Delhi government to allow borewells in these industrial areas. The tribunal was hearing petitions filed by the NGT Bar Association and Raj Hans Bansal opposing the illegal use of groundwater in Delhi.