Source: News Bharati English22 Dec 2015 09:30:56

New Delhi, December 22: Central Ground Water Authority has proposed revision of the guidelines issued in the year 2012, in compliance to the directions of various orders of National Green Tribunal, which would bring the existing industries and Units under the ambit of ground water guidelines.  

As per the guidelines of the year 2012, only new and industries seeking expansion fall under the purview of guidelines.  
The State Governments are regulating ground water withdrawal in 13 States and UTs in the Country as per the criteria fixed by them. Among these, 11 States and UTs have enacted and implemented the Model bill.

These are Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Goa, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Chandigarh. In the State of Tamil Nadu & Delhi the regulation of ground water withdrawal is being done through Government Orders. CGWA is regulating ground water withdrawal in remaining areas of the country.

Apart from the above, CGWA has notified 162 areas for the purpose of regulation of ground water development, through district administrative heads assisted by Advisory Committees under the provisions of Section 4 of ‘The Environment Protection Act, 1986’.  

All issues pertaining to granting of NOC's for ground water withdrawal, checking violations, sealing of groundwater abstraction structures, launching of prosecution against offenders, attending to complaints, etc., are addressed by the Authorized Officers.