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Posted at: Nov 2, 2019, 7:28 AM; last updated: Nov 2, 2019, 7:28 AM (IST)

Ensure action against illegal borewells: Green tribunal

New Delhi, November 1

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to coordinate with concerned officials to ensure action against those operating illegal bore wells so as to protect groundwater. 

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the action had to be by closing illegal bore wells, prosecuting such operators and by recovering compensation on ‘Polluter Pays’ principle. “The DPCC can either directly take action or coordinate with the DMs/SDMs on regular basis and ensure that appropriate legal action is taken against operation of illegal bore wells,” the Bench said. 

The tribunal noted that the report of the Delh Jal Board states that there are 19,154 illegal bore wells out of which 2,630 have been sealed. The DJB told the NGT that action for sealing has to be taken by the District Magistrates. DPCC told the tribunal that compensation has been assessed for the illegal operation of the tube well. 

The NGT directed DPCC to submit a further action taken report by e-mail and said the matter might also be looked into by the Delhi chief secretary. — PTI

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