Taking a strong note of alleged violations by Noida Golf Course that is extracting groundwater through 5 borewells—the NOC for which has not been acquired from the CGWA—the National Green Tribunal has directed Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), UPPCB, CGWA and DM, Gautam Budh Nagar, to take action against the violations and to report to the Tribunal.
The Tribunal was hearing a petition by Vikrant Tongad, a Gautam Budh Nagar based environmentalist. Tongad had earlier complained to the Noida Authority and CGWA about the alleged violations. The Noida Authority also issued notices but the illegal abstraction did not stop. The CGWA also wrote to DM Gautam Budh Nagar but still no action was initiated to stop illegal water extraction, as reported earlier by this website.
According to a report of the UP Ground Water Department the water table in Noida is going down by almost 2 metres a year and in the latest assessment survey of the CGWA whole of GB Nagar has been declared as OCS. And despite the fact that Uttar Pradesh has also come out with a groundwater act of its own, the lackadaisical attitude of the officials in turning a blind eye to such violations is disappointing.
-By Prasoon Pant