No licence to builders using ground water for construction in Gurgaon

In a move to check the rampant mining of underground water in Gurgaon,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday barred issuance of any fresh license for construction activity unless builders give an undertaking that underground water would not be drawn by them.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 17, 2012 3:17 am

In a move to check the rampant mining of underground water in Gurgaon,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday barred issuance of any fresh license for construction activity unless builders give an undertaking that underground water would not be drawn by them.

The court also asked the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) to ensure that the undertaking by the builder or individuals should make clear the source of water drawn by them for construction purposes in Gurgaon,which has become base of several MNCs over the years. The case will come up for resumed hearing on July 31.

The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain asked the state officials to give details of how many water connections have been released till now by the authorities and how they intend to deal with the problem in Gurgaon. It also asked for details of the total water connections in Gurgaon and its actual requirement.

The court has directed among others,the Secretaries of Town and Country Planning,the Public

Health Department and HUDA and Gurgaon Deputy Commissioner to remain present in the court on July 31.

The bench gave the order on a bunch of petitions filed by Qutub Enclave Residents Welfare Association and other petitioners who alleged that the builders in Gurgaon had been extracting ground water using borewells for construction purposes while authorities had curtailed supply of drinking water in many areas causing agony to the common citizens.

The petitioners,some of whom have been allotted flats in Gurgaon by a noted builder,alleged that they are facing an acute shortage of drinking water even as the builders were illegally extracting underground water to sell it in Delhi.

The petitioners had urged the court to pass orders restraining construction and other commercial activities around Gurgaon in view of the severe water shortage faced by the residents.

A ban is already in place for boring tubewells in Gurgaon in the wake of low water table.

The water table has also fallen to alarming levels in Gurgaon’s adjoining areas of Rewari and Mahendergarh.

On the High Court order,real estate industry body NAREDCO said,“The order aims at sustainability of ground water resources. The Haryana government is already taking steps to improve water supply in Gurgaon.”

The association said it expects the government to expedite the process so that the water scarcity problem gets resolved soon.

Half of Haryana’s investments come from real estate

New Delhi: One of the ‘20 top well-performing states’,Haryana saw almost 50 per cent of its investment coming in the real estate sector as of December 2011,said Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) on Monday.

“In Haryana as of December 2011,the services sector accounted for about 34 per cent of its total investment,” Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat said while releasing a study report.

As Gurgaon bordering Delhi has become a hub of domestic and multi-national companies,the real estate development was the focal point in Haryana with the sector attracting 49.7 per cent of the total investment in the state,the study said.

Of its total investment of Rs 4.98 lakh crore as on December 2011,the real estate sector accounted for Rs 2.48 lakh crore in Haryana,which has other towns like Faridabad,Sonepat,Ambala,Panipat and Karnal where the realty sector is growing fast,it added.

The other states attracting sizeable investment in the sector includes Uttar Pradesh,Maharashtra,Gujarat,Karnataka,Andhra Pradesh,Tamil Nadu,Rajasthan and Punjab.

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