SC modifies directions on borewells
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 07, 2010, 00:49
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.


First Published: Saturday, August 07, 2010, 00:49

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