Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding falling groundwater level in the country, 11/09/2019

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Shailesh Singh Vs Hotel Holiday Regency, Moradabad & Others dated 11/09/2019 regarding remedial action against falling groundwater levels in the country.

NGT directs constitution of a Committee to look into the steps required to be taken for preventing depletion of ground water as well as a robust monitoring mechanism to ensure that no ground water is extracted unauthorizedly. The Committee has been asked to also look into the functioning of CGWA. The nodal agency would be the Joint Secretary, MoWR for coordination and compliance. The NGT also directed that the report of the CPCB recommending water intensive industries to be allowed even in semi-critical and critical area without any further safeguards should not be acted upon till further orders.