PANJIM: The government should crack down on those engaged in illegal sale of water from their wells to tanker owners and either tax them heavily or imprison those who are violating the Goa Groundwater Regulation Act, 2003, veteran politician Dr Wilfred de Souza said.

Referring to the Act, Wily said that the water resources department is not acting against any of the offenders. “The limit of extraction of water from a well is 30,000 litres per year. If each tanker has a capacity of 3,000 to 5,000 litres and they are taking a minimum of five to six tankers a day, they will be reaching a year’s limit in one or two days. What will they do for the remaining days of the year and how are they allowed to do it,” Dr de Souza questioned.