NGT wants groundwater extraction based on EIA only -Shreya Verma

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published Published on Aug 4, 2020   modified Modified on Aug 5, 2020

-Down to Earth

Tribunal calls for doing away with general permissions given to commercial entities to withdraw groundwater

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has called for commercial entities to follow new rules for getting permission to extract groundwater. Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) will now form the basis of granting such permissions, the NGT bench said.

The Union Ministry of Jal Shakti (water) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) were ordered by the NGT July 20, 2020 to ensure no general permission was given for withdrawing groundwater, particularly to any commercial entity.

NGT Chairperson AK Goel said:

    There must be no general permission for withdrawal of groundwater, particularly to any commercial entity, without EIA of such activity on individual assessment units in cumulative terms covering carrying capacity aspects by an expert committee.

The NGT May 15 said all overexploited, critical and semi-critical (OCS) assessment units must undergo water mapping.

Water management plans need to be prepared for all OCS assessment units in the country based on the mapping data, starting with overexploited blocks, the NGT order had stated.

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