The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA), Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) and the DMs of both, Ghaziabad & Hapur through an order, to take action as per law, against a complaint of illegal drawal of groundwater on account of non-renewal of NOCs, by at least 44 industries situated in both the districts.
One of the applicants, Sushil Raghav said that several big brands are using groundwater without renewal of NOCs as previously show-cause notices were issued to them for non-compliance of earlier NOCs. The NGT had also put groundwater NOCs on hold in OCS areas. This had led to a situation where the industries were drawing groundwater without renewal of NOCs, which they could not due to show-cause notices issued to them.
Raghav also said that these industries cannot be further given NOCs under the new state groundwater legislation of UP that states that pre-existing industries can renew their NOCs; but in their case as show-cause notices were issued for non-compliance of terms & conditions, this means that these industries cease to have valid pre-existing NOCs.
The order will have wide ramifications as several brands such as Bisleri, Tata Steel and Dabur in Sahibabad have been named in the application as violators.