Corporation has planned to frame by-laws to check over exploitation of ground water

Tiruchi Corporation has planned to frame by-laws to check over exploitation of ground water by private agencies supplying water in bulk in the city.

The move comes in the wake of some complaints of over exploitation of ground water by some private agencies using huge borewells without due approval from the civic body. An official resolution on the subject would be tabled at the corporation council meeting for its approval. According to corporation sources, use of ground water for purposes other than household consumption would require the approval of the civic body.

The resolution points out that under the Tiruchi Corporation Act 1994, all aquifers and drinking water supply come under the control and jurisdiction of the civic body.

Some private agencies have been exploiting ground water in unauthorised manner and supply water in bulk to customers in violation of rules. There was a need to regulate private agencies which operate without such approval.

Such a move was also essential to prevent over exploitation of ground water within the city limits. Apart from this, such regulation would bring in substantial revenue to the civic body. The resolution, once approved, would empower the corporation to initiate action against those violating the law with respect to exploitation of ground water.