New Delhi: The Central Ground Water Authority has notified 162 areas across the country where permission to set up new industries can not be granted as groundwater withdrawal in these areas is more than annual replenishment.
Minister of State for Water Resources Sanwar Lal Jat told the Lok Sabha that Punjab tops the list with 44 notified areas, followed by Rajasthan with 34.
Permission to abstract groundwater through energised means is not accorded for any purpose other than drinking water in the 162 notified areas, he said.
“These notified areas fall under ‘Over-exploited’ and ‘Critical’ categories where groundwater withdrawal is more than annual replenishment and areas are experiencing decline in groundwater levels,” he said.
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