No licence for builders using groundwater: HC

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday directed the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) that no builder should be issued licence for new housing projects in Gurgaon without an undertaking,specifying groundwater will not be used for construction.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 17, 2012 2:59:42 am

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday directed the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) that no builder should be issued licence for new housing projects in Gurgaon without an undertaking,specifying groundwater will not be used for construction.

The court said the undertaking must mention the source of water for construction.

The directive came during the hearing of a bunch of petitions from Gurgaon residents,who have alleged that builders were illegally extracting groundwater and using it for construction.

A division bench asked the secretaries of Public Health department,Country and Town Planning and HUDA to appear in the court on July 31 to explain how many water connections have been issued and how the authorities intend to tackle the problem of water scarcity in Gurgaon. The next hearing in the case will be on July 31.

The court also stayed construction by 21 builders in Gurgaon. The court said until the Basai Water Treatment plant is made fully functional,no further construction should be allowed.

R S Rathee of Gurgaon Citizens’ Council said except DLF,Sushant Lok and South City,water from Basai is not provided anywhere else in Gurgaon. “Others use deep tubewells,” he said.

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