UP to enact law to regulate commercial use of water

Alarmed over depleting water levels in parts of the state due to excessive exploitation, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to enact a law to regulate bulk and commercial use of water.

Last Updated: May 20, 2010, 22:49 PM IST

Lucknow: Alarmed over depleting water
levels in parts of the state due to excessive exploitation,
the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to enact a law to
regulate bulk and commercial use of water.

"The government has prepared a draft of The UP Ground
Water Conservation, Protection and Development (management,
control and regulation) Bill on which suggestion and
objections would be taken from the public," Chief Secretary
Atul Kumar Gupta told reporters here.
He said that as per the proposed law not only bulk and
commercial use of ground water would be regulated, but it
would be mandatory for such consumers to ensure adequate
conservation and recharge to replete the water table.

"Of 820 development blocks in the state, situation of
ground water level in 138 has turned serious. To improve the
situation in these blocks and to prevent this in other areas,
the government has decided to enact the law," he said.

He said district magistrates and officers concerned
have been asked to organise seminars to create awareness among
people and to take their suggestions on the proposed bill.
Giving details of the proposed bill, Gupta said that
depending on the availability of the ground water, the state
has been divided in three parts - non-notified, notified and
critical areas.

"The proposed bill would be mainly applicable on the
bulk and commercial users and provision of penal interest to
an imprisonment of up to one year has been made for the
violators," he said.

He said that to recharge ground water in 40 districts
through rain water harvesting a scheme of Rs 1192 crore has
been chalked out, which would be implemented in a phased
manner.

PTI