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Groundwater misuse may soon draw an INR36 crore fine. The strength of the team to nab violators: 10.

A new set of regulations to curb over-extraction of groundwater has proposed substantial penalties. But the new framework may not achieve its aim because agriculture, which accounts for 89% of groundwater use, has been kept outside its purview. Worse, there’s no staff to ensure effective implementation.
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A woman walks in front of a painting on a wall near Taramani in Chennai. Depleted groundwater and monsoon failure in the city has led to a massive crisis. BCCL
A woman walks in front of a painting on a wall near Taramani in Chennai. Depleted groundwater and monsoon failure in the city has led to a massive crisis.
The offices of the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) in Delhi these days are buzzing with industry representatives liaising with officials for the most critical natural resource of the country today — water. Work on granting no-objection certificates (NOCs) has almost come to a standstill, and approval of new projects have stopped. That’s no surprise in a year when
and Ganga Rejuvenation, who did not want to be identified, emphasises the difficulty of implementing the new mechanism. “There are an estimated 30 million wells in this country (all put together — industrial, agriculture and domestic),” he says. “The CGWA has given clearances for only about 6,000 of them. Can you imagine the scale?” ( Graphics by Abdul Shafiq)
The offices of the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) in Delhi these days are buzzing with industry representatives liaising with officials for the most critical natural resource of the country today — water. Work on granting no-objection certificates (NOCs) has almost come to a standstill, and approval of new projects have stopped. That’s no surprise in a year when and Ganga Rejuvenation, who did not want to be identified, emphasises the difficulty of implementing the new mechanism. “There are an estimated 30 million wells in this country (all put together — industrial, agriculture and domestic),” he says. “The CGWA has given clearances for only about 6,000 of them. Can you imagine the scale?” ( Graphics by Abdul Shafiq)

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