UP Inc wary of draft Ground Water Bill, 2010

UP Inc wary of draft Ground Water Bill, 2010

Last Updated: Mon, Sep 20, 2010 21:00 hrs

Uttar Pradesh Inc is wary that the draft UP Ground Water Conservation Protection and Development (Management, Control & Regulation) Bill, 2010, would adversely affect the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).

The industry has specifically pointed to a provision of the draft Bill that seeks to ban all commercial and industrial use of ground water on construction of new wells.

Besides, the industry has sought subsidy for installation of rain water harvesting systems in industrial units.

Suggesting the government made efforts to recharging ground water in distress areas, the industry maintained the subsidy would enable the financially weaker units to adopt water conservation technology.

MSME chamber Indian Industries Association (IIA) recently submitted a memorandum to the state chief secretary and the principal secretary, minor irrigation department and ground water.

"We hope the government will incorporate our suggestions in the Bill. Industry is ready to cooperate with the government in ground water protection; we only need assurance that the Act would not hinder our progress by turning into means of exploitation," IIA president Anil Gupta said.

IIA has recommended that industry be also represented in the Ground Water Authority.

The copies of the memorandum have been forwarded to the infrastructure and industrial development commissioner, principal secretary small scale industry, principal secretary industrial development and director industries, IIA executive director D S Verma said.

IIA said all existing and new bulk users be granted six months for applying for the certificate of registration as against the prescribed 120 days. Moreover, for the initial five years, there should be no registration fee, while the registration process be simplified.

Another draft provision states that ground water users in rural/urban areas shall have to maintain geo-scientific standards of minimum spacing between two wells.

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