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UP government approves 2020 Ground Water Act

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath chaired a state cabinet approved the Ground Water Act, 2020. It aims to improve the falling groundwater level.  Ground Water Act, 2020: Under the Ground Water Act, 2020, registration is mandatory to install submersible pumps.  Online registration facility will also be available. The domestic users and farmers need not pay any fee. Rainwater harvesting system has been made mandatory in all private and government schools and colleges.  In the urban areas, if a landlord installs a submersible pump to build a house larger than 300 sqm area, then it will be necessary to install the rainwater harvesting system.  If someone pollutes groundwater through boring pipes, then there will be punishment and penalty against him.  Boring companies must get their registration done. The companies should give all the information every three months.  The map of government and private buildings will be cleared only when they have a provision to install a rainwater harvesting system. Punishments and Penalties: If a person is caught for the first time while polluting the groundwater level, he will receive punishment from 6 months up to 1 year and a penalty of Rs 2.lakhs to Rs.5 lakhs.  If caught for the second time, there will be a penalty of Rs.5 lakhs to Rs.10 lakhs and punishment from 2 years to 5 years If a person is caught for the third time, then he will face punishment from 5 years to 7 years and penalty from Rs.10 lakhs to Rs.20 lakhs.

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