New Delhi: The Centre has issued new guidelines to regulate extraction of groundwater. Now, it has been made mandatory for new and existing industries, group housing societies and private supply tankers to procure a no objection certificate (NOC) for extraction of groundwater.
It was notified that non-compliance of NOC may attract penalties of Rs 50,000 to Rs 10 lakh.
The new guidelines were notified in the gazette on September 24 and came into force immediately.
“All new/existing industries, industries seeking expansion, infrastructure projects and mining projects abstracting groundwater, unless specifically exempted… will be required to seek No Objection Certificate from Central Ground Water Authority or, the concerned State/ UT Ground Water Authority as the case may be,” said new guidelines notified by the Ministry of Jal Shakti.
However, there were exemptions for getting NOC as well. There were five categories which are exempted from getting an NOC.
Exemptions have been given to individual domestic consumers in both rural and urban areas for drinking water and domestic uses; rural drinking water supply schemes; Armed Forces Establishments and Central Armed Police Forces establishments in both rural and urban areas; agricultural activities; and micro and small enterprises drawing groundwater less than 10 cubic metre/day.