New Delhi: Even as Delhiites are facing
an acute water crisis, authorities seem to have turned a
blind eye to the "illegal" extraction of over 10,000 kilo
litres of ground water daily by the Delhi International
Airport Ltd (DIAL) at the airport.
As per rules, every individual or firm has to take
clearance from the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) to
extract the ground water which is depleting at a rapid pace.
In South district, withdrawal of groundwater is
prohibited as notified by the CGWA. Due to over-exploitation,
the groundwater table in Delhi has depleted to 20?30 metres
in various areas across the city.
The DIAL has, however, passed on the buck to Delhi
Jal Board (DJB), saying they had been seeking permission for
extracting groundwater from it since last year but yet to get
"DIAL inherited 40 bore wells from Airport Authority
of India after the takeover of IGI Airport in May 2006. DIAL
had asked for requisite permission from AAI, but was conveyed
that the documents of permission are no traceable.
"As advised by Delhi Pollution Control Committee
(DPCC), we have applied for fresh permission from DJB in
August 2009. But, the permission from DJB is yet to be
received, despite several reminders," a spokesperson from the
He claimed that DIAL also got an additional permission
for 12 bore wells from CGWA for ground water extraction. The
average water consumption by DIAL is 4700 KLD, where as DIAL
has the permission to extract up to 10,000 KLD.
When asked why no action has been taken against DIAL
for illegal extraction pending permission, DPCC Member
Secretary AK Ambasht said it was illegal and "the committee
has taken note of the violation and forwarded to the area
As per circular issued recently by the state
government, an advisory committee has to be formed at each
revenue area to check violations and seal illegal wells, seize
drilling rigs and permanently disconnect water supply.
Each committee will be headed by a Deputy Commissioner
According to Dharmendra, Secretary (Environment), "In
Delhi, no person, group, authority, association or institution
shall draw ground water through borewell or tube-well for
domestic, commercial, agricultural or industrial use, without
prior permission of the DJB or the New Delhi Municipal Council