Special Powers to Formed to Dealt with Water Mafia

boer-wellsEnvironmentalists and activists fighting for the protection of lakes say if a monitoring cell with special powers is formed the illegal water mafia can be dealt with effectively.
Jasveen Jairath, a member of Save Our Urban Lakes, said, “Section 3 (2) of the WALTA enables the government to nominate non-officials to its authorities at different levels, for conservation of scarce natural resources. But this has been pending for a long time.”
The mandal revenue department that is supposed keep tabs on illegal borewell drilling, and the groundwater department, which issues licenses to borewell rigging machines, has led to illegal borewells.
According to the WALTA (Water, Air, land and Trees Act), borewells should not exceed 4.5-inch in diameter and 500-foot in depth for domestic use. But the mandal revenue offices do not maintain the figures. Deputy director of groundwater department Ramesh Kumar says there is a need for co-ordination between all three departments, GHMC, revenue department and Ground water department to deal with this issue.

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