Centre government is planning to impose a water conservation fee on individuals and industries besides their water bill. It will be imposed on private townships, societies, apartments, industries and recreational clubs among others based on the amount of ground water extracted by them.The draft guideline for ground water withdrawal is prepared by the Ministry of Water Resources. Experts working in the field are not happy and they said that this would further deteriorate the ground water situation in the country.The draft said,“All industries, mining, infrastructure de-watering projects, whether existing, new, under expansion and drawing/proposing to draw ground water through energized means shall need to obtain NOC for ground water withdrawal from the CGWB (Central ground Water Board),”Livelihood of farmers is dependent on agriculture and government is also planning to charge for the use of water. Government infrastructure projects, government water supply agencies and group housing societies/private housing societies with only basic amenities will be exempted from such fees. However, infrastructure projects including societies/builder constructed apartments, townships having recreational facilities like club, gym, commercial places, swimming pool will have to pay the fee.
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