The Central Ground Water
Authority (CGWA) vide a public notice dated 15th October 2019 has extended the
timeline to submit applications for grant of ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC)
for Ground Water withdrawal online through NOCAP portal of CGWA till 31st March
2020. As per CGWA guidelines, all industries that draw groundwater for their
operations are required to take a NOC from the CGWA to extract groundwater.
Vide this public notice, all the existing ground water users drawing ground water without a valid NOC from CGWA are directed to submit their applications for NOC online through NOCAP portal of CGWA before March 31, 2020. If any organization uses ground water without any prior permission from CGWA before March31, 2020, it may cause a penalty of Rs 5000 per day.
Apart from this, Industrial, Infrastructure and Mining projects withdrawing ground water without a valid NOC or failing to apply for NOC by or before 31st March 2020 shall be liable to pay fine as wells as Environmental Compensation/ Damages to be decided by Hon’ble National Green Tribunal, New Delhi as per Law.