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Maharashtra government banned digging of borewells deeper than 200 feet

May 15, 2015 17:02 IST

Maharashtra Government on 14 May 2015 banned the digging of borewells beyond 200 feet in the state with a view to check the steep decline of groundwater-level. The decision came in wake of increase in the digging of new borewells by farmers and private players due to water scarcity during the summers.

Those who will be found guilty, will face a fine ranging from 10000 rupees to 25000 rupees or even imprisonment of up to six months in case of repeated offences.

The decision is part of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ water conservation project Jalayukta Shivar Yojana which aims to make 5000 villages in state drought-free in one year.

Background

The rampant and uncontrolled digging of borewells in various parts of state had led to depletion of ground-water level. The Marathawada region and Buldhana & Amravati districts of Vidarbha region are worst hit due to depletion of ground-water level.

In these districts, borewells have been dug almost up to 1000 feet underground in search of ground water with no success.

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