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SC modifies directions on borewells

The Supreme Court today said owners of the land will have to seek permission of statutory authorities in advance for constructing or abandoning the bore wells which often become death pits for children.



New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said
owners of the land will have to seek permission of statutory
authorities in advance for constructing or abandoning the
bore wells which often become death pits for children.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice S H Kapadia said land
owners willing to construct borewells/tubewells will have to
take permission of concerned officials of the area 15 days
in advance.

Earlier, the apex court had in the guidelines laid down
by it said that the land owners will have to take permission
of the District Collector or other subordinate revenue
officials of the area and that the construction of borewells
will be monitored them.

However, the Bench, also comprising Justices K S
Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar, modified its earlier
direction to include the authorities appointed under the
Ground Water Act.

The apex court passed the order to this effect on the
plea of All Kerala borewells/drilling Contracts Association
which contended that the multiplicity of agency was causing
unnecessary hassles instead of solving the problem.

The Bench also allowed the Association`s plea that the
registration of drilling agencies--both government and
private--and monitoring of digging work of tubewells be done
by authorities under the Act where Ground Water Act was in
force.

-PTI

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