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Haryana industrialists will need NOC for groundwater use | Chandigarh News



CHANDIGARH: Given the dipping groundwater level in Haryana, the chairperson, Haryana Water Resources Authority (HWRA), Keshni Anand Arora on Friday directed all industrial units of the state to obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) for extraction of groundwater by November 30.
She said the authority is working on a comprehensive plan to address the problem, and all industrial units should apply for permission to extract groundwater.
Presiding over the HWRA workshop, Arora asked the representatives of industrial units connected through video conferencing to ensure maximum utilization of waste water from their industrial units. She informed that earlier the NOC for groundwater extraction was issued by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), but now it will be given by the HWRA.
As per a study report by CGWB, Haryana has only 10.15 billion cubic metres (BCM) of groundwater. The study had pointed out the worst conditions of water level in seven districts of the state including Gurugram, Faridabad, Palwal and Mahendergarh, Fatehabad, Kaithal, and Sirsa. Kaithal has 227% “over extraction” of water, followed by 220% in Gurugram, 197% in Sirsa, 187% in Palwal, 161% in Fatehabad, 125% in Faridabad and 106% in Mahendergarh.
According to the report, out of the 128 blocks of the state, only 26 were found to be safe when it came to groundwater availability. Also, 78 were found to have been overexploited, 21 were semi-critical and three were found to be critical.
Arora said a workshop will be organized to redress the problems faced by the industrialists in obtaining the NOC for extraction of groundwater, to explain the process properly and give instructions related to the process of extracting groundwater.

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