Order of the Supreme Court of India regarding unauthorised constructions in Delhi and its effect on groundwater, 08/05/2018
Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M. C. Mehta Vs Union of India & Others dated 08/05/2018 regarding unauthorised constructions in Delhi and its effect on groundwater. Central Ground Water Board has filed a report on the status of ground water which shows that in areas categorized as over exploited (as per Ground Water Resources Estimation of 2013) from May 200 to May 2017 water level declined rate varied from 0.5 m/year to more than 2 m/year at places. Major part of Delhi is under Overexploited and Semi Critical category and in such areas water levels are showing persistent declining trend during last two decades.
Supreme Court urges the concerned authorities to look into the Report to avoid a water crisis. Supreme Court directs the Ministry of Water Resources of the Government of India and the Delhi Government as well as the Delhi Pollution Control Committee to tell the Court about the possible solutions.