Is Appu Ghar extracting groundwater illegally?
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Is Appu Ghar extracting groundwater illegally?

The plea, filed by RTI activist Harinder Dhingra, seeks direction to restrain the amusement park from using groundwater without necessary permission.

Is Appu Ghar extracting groundwater illegally?

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has sought a response from the Haryana government and others based on a plea alleging indiscriminate extraction of groundwater by an amusement park in Gurgaon.

In the plea filed by RTI activist Harinder Dhingra, he sought direction to restrain Appu Ghar from using groundwater without necessary permission and constitute an expert committee to investigate the illegal extraction of groundwater, which results in a depletion of the city's water table.

A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim issued notices to the Haryana government, Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA), Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and International Recreation and Amusement Limited (IRAL), seeking their responses before July 31.

The IRAl-run Appu Ghar is a 42-acre amusement park that has an exclusive water park called Oysters Beach spread over 10 acres in Sector 29, Gurgaon.

The plea, filed through advocate Ayush Arora, alleges that the amusement park is extracting groundwater despite CGWA identifying Gurgaon as an "over-exploited" area where groundwater extraction is more than the average annual replenishment.

Referring to an RTI query, the plea said that HUDA had in June 2016 said the amusement park had been sanctioned two water connections, one of size 50 mm and the other of 25 mm, which were not sufficient to meet its requirement.