The Punjab and Haryana High Courts directive to Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA),stating that builders should not be issued licenses for housing projects in Gurgaon if they dont give an undertaking stating that they will not use groundwater for construction,has evoked a mixed response from residents and authorities.
While residents facing water shortage lauded the decision saying it was a positive measure to tackle the crisis,industrial bodies said the decision will jolt the realty sector and hurt the investment scenario in Haryana.
A recent study done by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) found alarming levels of groundwater depletion in Gurgaon,and said water levels fell steeply after the state government invited private enterprises to set up shop in the city.
The Central Groundwater Conservation Authority (CGCA) has already declared Gurgaon a dark zone due to excessive depletion of ground water. The district administration has also banned digging of borewells in the district for any purpose other than drinking water. Residents said the move will save a lot of water.
Meanwhile,commenting on the order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court,ASSOCHAM said their study showed that 50 per cent of investments in Haryana,as of December 2011,were in the realty sector. This was largely driven by the construction boom in Gurgaon. Restrictions on construction will lead to a drastic reduction in investment in the state, said ASSOCHAM Secretary General D S Rawat.
The total investment in Haryana was to the tune of Rs 4.98 lakh crore in December 2011,while the real estate sector accounted for Rs 2.48 lakh crore in Haryana,ASSOCHAM officials said.
R S Rathee,member of the Gurgaon Citizens Council,said canal water supply (through Basai) is provided only in DLF,Sushant Lok and South City. The rest of Gurgaon depends on tubewells.