Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding illegal extraction of groundwater by National Wollen, Panipat, Haryana, 05/08/2020

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Raj Kumar Singal Vs State of Haryana dated 05/08/2020. A report was sought from the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) with reference to the allegation of illegal extraction of groundwater and discharge of polluted water with dyes and chemicals into the drain by the National Woollen & Finishers at Plot No. 302, Sector 29, Part-II, Panipat, Haryana.

The unit was found to be extracting ground water without Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) permission.

The NGT directed the HSPCB to stop such extraction by coercive means, besides assessing and recovering compensation for illegal withdrawal "for the period for which such drawal took place upto five years from the date of filing of application before the Tribunal." The NGT directed the State PCB to take appropriate action to assess and recover compensation on laid down norms, following due process of law. Illegal extraction of groundwater should be stopped forthwith, the order said.