Water

Prohibition to sink well and extraction of groundwater without permit in Chennai

The Chennai Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act 1987

Tamil Nadu local laws

“sink” with all its grammatical variations and cognate expressions includes digging, drilling, boring or deepening;

“groundwater” means the water which exists below the surface of the ground;

“well” means a well sunk for the purpose of searching or extracting groundwater and includes an open well, dug well, borewell, dug-cum-bore well, tube well, filter point or any contrivance which when installed, could be utilised for extracting groundwater.

Contravention of the law is offensive:

If any person contravenes or fails to comply with, any of the provisions of this Act or the rules made under this Act or of the terms, conditions and restrictions, subject to which the permit or licence has been granted, he shall be punished for the first offence with fine which may extend to [two thousand rupees and for the second or any subsequent offence, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to [five thousand rupees], or with both. Any offence punishable under this Act shall be a cognizable offence within the meaning of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1974 (Central Act 2 of 1974).


Sec 3. Grant of permit to sink well in the scheduled area

 

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force, no person shall sink a well in the scheduled area unless he has obtained a permit in this behalf from the competent authority.

(2) Any person desiring to sink a well in the scheduled area shall apply to the competent authority for the grant of a permit for this purpose and shall not proceed with any activity connected with such sinking unless a permit has been granted by the competent authority.

(3) Every application made under sub-section (2) shall be in such form and contain such particulars as may be prescribed and shall be accompanied by such fee not exceeding two hundred and fifty rupees as may be prescribed.

(4) On receipt of an application under sub-section (2), if the competent authority is satisfied that it shall be in the public interest so to do, it may-

(a) grant, subject to such terms, conditions and restrictions as may be specified, a permit authorising the sinking of well:

Provided that the competent authority, while granting the permit may, after having regard to the hydro-geological conditions, water table conditions, groundwater potential and yield of the aquifer, restrict the depth of the well; or

(b) refuse to grant a permit:

Provided that no permit shall be refused unless the applicant has been given an opportunity of being heard.

(5) The decision regarding the grant or refusal to grant the permit shall be intimated by the competent authority to the applicant within such period as may be prescribed.

(6) In granting or refusing to grant permit under sub-section (4), the competent authority shall have regard to the following matters, namely:-

(a) the purpose or purposes for which the well is to be sunk;

(b) the existence of other competitive users;

(c) the existence of other wells in the locality;

(d) the availability of groundwater;

(e) the existence of other sources of water other than wells compatibility;

(f) the compatibility with the existing water resources;

(g) the factors that affect, control or prevent pollution;

(h) the possibility for rain water harvesting and conservation;

(i) such other matter as may be prescribed.

(7) The permit shall be in such form as may be prescribed.

 

Sec 5- Licence for extraction, use or transport of groundwater

 

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any law for the time being in force and subject to the provisions of sub-sections (2) to (7), on and from the date of commencement of this Act,-

(a) no person shall extract or use groundwater in the scheduled area for any purpose other than domestic purposes;

(b) no person shall transport groundwater by means of any lorry, trailer or any other goods vehicle.

(2) If any person desires to,-

(i) extract or use groundwater in the scheduled area for any purpose other than domestic purposes; or

(ii) transport groundwater by means of any lorry, trailer or any other goods vehicle,

then, he shall make an application to the competent authority for the grant of a licence for such extraction, use or transport.

(3) Every application under sub-section (2) shall be made in such form and in such manner and within such period and shall contain such particulars as may be prescribed [and shall be accompanied by such fee not exceeding five thousand rupees as may be prescribed.

(4) On receipt of an-application under sub-section (2), if the competent authority is satisfied that it shall be in the public interest so to do, it may-

(a) grant, on payment of such fees as may be prescribed and subject to such terms, conditions and restrictions as may be specified, a licence authorising-

(i) the extraction or use of groundwater for any purpose other than domestic purposes; or

(ii) the transport of groundwater by means of lorry, trailer or any other goods vehicle; or

(b) refuse to grant a licence:

Provided that no person shall be refused a licence unless he has been given an opportunity of being heard:

Provided further that where the competent authority to whom an application is made under sub-section (2), fails to inform the applicant of its decision on the application within a period of ninety days from the date of receipt of such application, the licence shall be deemed to have been granted to the applicant and such person shall, for the purposes of this Act, be deemed to be a holder of a licence.

(5) In granting or refusing a licence under this section, the competent authority shall have regard to-

(a) the purpose or purposes for which groundwater is to be used;

(b) the existence of other competitive users;

(c) the availability of groundwater and other sources of water;

(d) the effect on other sources of water supply;

(e) the compatibility with the existing water supply system;

(f) the availability of factors controlling or preventing pollution;

(g) the quality of groundwater;

(h) the objection from local residents against commercial extraction;

(i) the availability of factors contributing to or causing pollution;

(j) the measures taken for conservation of groundwater and harvesting of rainwater and their maintenance;

(k) such other matter as may be prescribed.

(6) The licence shall be in such form as may be prescribed.

(7) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) to (6)-

(i) every person extracting or using groundwater in the scheduled area for any purpose other than domestic purposes; or

(ii) every person transporting or using groundwater by means of any lorry, trailer or any other goods vehicle, immediately before the date of the commencement of this Act, may continue to extract, use or transport groundwater for a period not exceeding ninety days from the said date:

Provided that such person has applied for a licence therefor under this section within a period of fifteen days from the said date.

Explanation. – For the purposes of this section, the expression “goods vehicle” shall have the same meaning assigned to it in section 2(8) of the Now Motor Vehicles Act, 1939.


Application for sinking well in the scheduled area under section 3(2) of the Chennai]metropolitan area groundwater (regulation) act, 1987 

1.

(i)

Name of applicant

(ii)

Age in years

(iii)

Father’s/ Husband’s name

(iv)

Full address

2.

Name of owner of land on which well is proposed to be sunk, if the applicant himself is not the owner of the land Address

3.

Place of sinking well T.S./ R.S. No.

Viliage/ Town/ Division Number and name
Taluk
District

4.

Purpose for which well is to be sunk.

Domestic/ Hotel/ Industry/ Construction/ Irrigation/ Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Commercial/ other use.

5.

Type of well proposed Dug-well/ Dug-cum-Bore well/ Bore-well/ Open-Well/ Tube-well.

6.

Details of the proposed well

(a)

Diameter of well ………………………… m

(b)

Depth of well ………………………… m
(in the case of dug-cum-bore-well, give details of both the open and bore well).

7.

Whether the consent of the owner of the land is enclosed.

 

Declaration

I, …………………………… hereby declare that the above particulars are true to the best of my knowledge.

 

Signature of the applicant with date.

Note. – (1) Incomplete applications and applications not received in the prescribed form are liable to be summarily rejected.

(2) Court-fee stamp for the value of Rs. 1 shall be affixed on each application.

(3) The consent of the owner of the land (if such owner is not the applicant) should invariably accompany the application.

(4) Permit will be issued, if approved by the competent authority within a period of 90 days from the date of receipt of the application, on payment of the prescribed fee.


Scheduled area

The law shall be applicable to the following areas

S.No.

Name of the village

Village number

Taluk

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

1.

Vallur

42

Ponneri

2

Manopuram

107

Do

3.

Lingapaiyanpettai

158

Do

4.

Kalapakkam

51

Do

5.

Kattupalli

92

Do

6.

Ariyanuvoyal

49

Do

7.

Minjur

50

Do

8.

Nallore

54

Do

9.

Thottakadu

52

Do

10.

Thiruvallivoyal

105

Do

11.

Anuppampattu

81

Do

12.

Vannipakkam

56

Do

13.

Marathur

89

Do

14.

Lakshmipuram

157

Do

15.

Peruvoyal

146

Do

16.

Puduvoyal

122

Do

17.

Narashunpettai

35

Do

18.

Valudalambedu

39

Do

19.

Nayar

34

Do

20.

Seemapuram

41

Do

21.

Madiyoor

40

Do

22.

Lingasamudram.

109

Do

23.

Sivapuram

110

Do

24.

Pulikulam

82

Do

25.

Murichambedu

55

Do

26.

Kumarasiralapakkam

84

Do

27.

Devadanam

83

Do

28.

Velampakkam

53

Do

29.

Siruvelur Kanniambakkam Kolatti

86

Do

30.

Kanniambakkam

85

Do

31.

Kolatti

47

Do

32.

Nandhiyambakkam

46

Do

33.

Athipattu

43

Do

34.

Velur

87

Do

35.

Kadamancheri

88

Do

36.

Voyalur

91

Do

37.

Ennore

44

Do

38.

Thirukandalam

76

Thiruvcllore

39.

Akkaraipakkam

57

Do

40.

Neyveli

77

Do

41.

Anathanakkavakkam

64

Do

42.

Panjetty

68

Do

43.

Chinnamhedu

127

Ponneri

44.

Nalliankuppam

128

Do

45.

Arni

129

Do

46.

Doramallore

122

Do

47.

Vadakkunallore

124

Do

4%.

Pondavakkam

131

Do

49.

Sevithupanapakkam

125

Do

50.

Nekkunram

31

Do

51.

Vichoor

13

Do

52.

Sekkancheri

30

Do

53.

Gangaiyad Kuppam

58

Do

54.

Thirunilai

15

Do

55.

Vellivoyal

12

Do

56.

Thirunilai

58

Thiruvellore

57.

Amudanallur

59

Do

58.

Kadanallur

59

Do

59.

Koovampakkam

60

Do

60.

Manjankaranai

62

Do

61.

Madavilagam

65

Do

62.

Kattupakkam

63

Do

63.

Madavaram

130

Do

64.

Kilatneni

312

Do

65.

Adarabakkam

309

Do

66.

Natham

313

Do

67.

Ernavakkam

311

Do

68.

Bandikayanur

310

Do

69.

Savundapuram

126

Do

70.

Peravallur

120

Do

71.

Panjetti

70

Do

72.

Alingivakkam

65

Do

73.

Vairavarnkuppam

121

Do

74.

Andarkuppam

74

Do

75.

Periyanjeri

75

Do

76.

Madavaram

73

Do

77.

Tachur

71

Do

78.

Chellapillaiarkuppam

69

Do

79.

Neduvarambakkam

67

Do

80.

Sennivakkam

72

Do

81.

Attipedu

66

Do

82.

Erulupattu

64

Do

83.

Sayanvaram

76

Do

84.

Vadakkupattu

77

Do

85.

Amur

78

Do

86.

Ponneri

116

Do

87.

Elanambedin

80

Do

88.

Atreyamangalam

79

Do

89.

Anuppampattu

81

Do

90.

Kilampakkam

78C

Thiruvellore

91.

Athangigavanoor

81

Do

92.

Vengal

90

Do

93.

Arumbakkam

139

Do

94.

Vadamadurai

80

Do

95.

Othikkadu

160

Do

96.

Perumudivakkam

75

Do

97.

Kadirvedu

91

Do

98.

Thalakkancheri

164D

Do

99.

Chittathur

158

Do

100.

Karikalavakkam

144

Do

101.

Gomugambedu

85A

Do

102.

Guruvoyal

73

Do

103.

Sethupakkam

83

Do

104.

Magaral

84

Do

105.

Tamaraipakkam

85

Do

106.

Agaram

82

Do

107.

Pagalmedu

88

Do

108.

Perathur

145

Do

109.

Melanoor

137

Do

110.

Panapakkam

55

Do

111.

Melakandiyoor

147

Do

112.

Ikkadu

159

Do

113.

Sembedu

93

Do

114.

Chittambakkam

Do

136

115.

Punnapakkam

161

Do

116.

Kalyanakuppam

167

Do

117.

Veeraragha vapuram

145 A

Do

118.

Thandalam

156

Do

119.

Kizhanoor

138

Do

120.

Thirukkancheri

140

Do

121.

Vishnu vakkam

143

Do

122.

Vilampakkam

142

Do

123.

Vadathur

146

Do

124.

Velliyur

92

Do

125.

Punnapakkam

87

Do

126.

Alapakkam

78

Do

127.

Kerani

72

Do

128.

Alingivakkam

74

Do

129.

Karani

74

Do

130.

Kottivakkam

141

Saidapet

131.

Palavakkam

142

Do

132.

Neelankarai

145

Do

133.

Injambakkam

146

Do

134.

Sholinganallur

189

Do

135.

Uthandi

191

Do

136.

Karapakkam (East of B. Canal)

147

Do

137.

Oggiamthorapakkam (East of B. Canal)

148

Do

138.

Palikkaranai (East of B. Canal)

149

Do

139.

Aladu

111

Ponneri

140.

Ramanjeri

118

Thiruvellore

141.

Karamainizambath

119

Do

142.

Kunnavalam

120

Do

143.

Poondi

125

Do

144.

Movur

127

Do

145.

Neyveli

128

Do

146.

Ramathandalam

131

Do

147.

Siyancheri

132

Do

148.

Erayur

133

Do

149.

Meyyur

134

Do

150.

Mortnavedi

Do

135

151.

Thohikalai

153

Do

152.

Ayalur

154

Do

153.

Kilambakkam

155

Do

154.

Pullarampakkm

162

Do

155.

Perumbakkam

163

Do

156.

Thiruppasur

165

Do

157.

Pandur

166

Do

158.

Kanagavallipuram

167

Do

159.

Pattaraiperamhudur

168

Do

160.

Melvilagam

169

Do

161.

Kilvilagam

170

Do

162.

Kallganur

171

Do

163.

Vidayur

172

Do

164.

Nemiliagaram

173

Thiruvellore

165.

Athupakkam

174

Do

166.

Karanai

175

Do

167.

Palliarakuppam

176

Do

168.

Pirayankuppam

177

Do

169.

Venmanamhudur

178

Do

170.

Kadambathur

179

Do

171.

Egathur

180

Do

172.

Selai

181

Do

173.

Pirayankuppam

182

Do

174.

Kakkalakalur

183

Do

175.

Thanneerkulam

184

Do

176.

Puthur

185

Do

177.

Tholur

186

Do

178.

Sirukadal

187

Do

179.

Sevapettai

188

Do

180.

Ayathur

189

Do

181.

Perumalpattu

193

Do

182.

Tirur

194

Do

183.

Vengathur Armvoyal

201

Do

184.

Kasavanallathur

208

Do

185.

Agaram

209

Do

186.

Panapakkan

210

Do

187.

Ramankoil

211

Do

188.

Madankuppam

212

Do

189.

Senna aram

213

Do

190.

Senji

214

Do

191.

Thennankaranai

215

Do

192.

Citrampakkam

216

Do

193.

Perambakkam

217

Do

194.

Kavankulathur

218

Do

195.

Pudumavilangai

219

Do

196.

Ainmanambakkam

86

Do

197.

Gerukampundi

141

Do

198.

Kannathur Reddikuppam

35

Chengalpattu

199.

Muttukadu

36

Do

200.

Kovilanthangal (Kanjithotti)

44

Do

201.

Yeeraraghavapuram

9

Sriperumbudur

202.

Parivakkam

10

Do

203.

Panavedu Natham

11

Do

204.

PidariThangal

12

Do

205.

Kolappancheri

13

Do

206.

Kulathuvanchery

Do

45

207.

Srinivasapuram

46

Do

208.

Kattupakkam

47

Do

209.

Ghenneerkuppam

48

Do

210.

Koparasanallur

49

Do

211.

Ayyppanthangal

50

Do

212.

Thelliaragaram

51

Do

213.

Mugalivakkam

53

Do

214.

Mangadu

42

Do

215.

Mogappair

81

Saidapet

216.

Nelambu

82

Do

217.

Adayalambatru

83

Do

218.

Ayanabakkam

85

Do

219.

Noombal

92

Do

220.

Sivabootham

93

Do

221.

Ghettiaragaram

94

Do

222.

Thandalam

95

Do

223.

Kuppam

96

Do

224.

Kavambakkam

97

Do

225.

Porur

98

Do

226.

Mettukuppam

99

Do

227.

Nerkundram

100

Do

228.

Virugambakkam

101

Do

229.

Ramapuram

102

Do

[230.

Mathur

35

Chengalpattu]

231.

Manjambakkam

36

Do

232.

Madhavaram

44

Do

233.

Tambaram

9

Sriperumbudur

234.

Ambattur

10

Do

235.

Maduravoyal

11

Do

236.

Manali

12

Do

237.

Chinnasekkadu

13

Do

238.

Thiruvottiyur

45

Do

239.

Ayapakkam

46

Do

240.

Ghitalapakkam

129

Do

241.

Hastinapuram

127

Do

242.

Alapakkam

82

Do

243.

Korattur

54

Do

[244.

Perungalathur

134

Tambaram]

245.

Mudichur

135

Do

246.

Irumbuliyur

137

Do

247.

Peerkankaranai

134

Do

248.

Kadaperi

132

Do

249.

Pulikoradu

131

Do

250.

Chithalapakkam

148

Do

251.

Selaiyur

139

Do

252.

Sembakkam

125

Do

253.

Rajakilpakkam.

140

Do

254.

Gowrivakkam

141

Do

255.

Vengaivasal

148

Do

256.

Madampakkam

143

Do

257.

Thiruvancheri

138

Do

258.

Agaramthen

146

Do

259.

Vengambakkam

145

Do

260.

Kaspapuram

144

Do

261.

Nandambakkam

91

Tambaram

262.

Parankimalai

94

Do

263.

Alandur

90

Do

264.

Adambakkam

107

Do

265.

Pazhavanthangal

95

Do

266.

Nanganallur

105

Do

267.

Meenambakkam

96

Do

268.

Kowlbazaar

97

Do

269.

Anakaputhur

98

Do

270.

Pozhichalur

99

Do

271.

Pammal

100

Do

272.

Zamin Pallavaram

125

Do

273.

Contonment Pallavaram

120

Do

274.

Isa Pallavaram

101

Do

275.

Trisulam

103

Do

276.

Thalakkanancheri

104

Do

277.

UUagaram

106

Do

278.

Moovarasampattu

124

Do

279.

Madipakkam

123

Do

280.

Nanmangalam

121

Do

281.

Nemillicheri

126

Do

282.

Kovilambakkalfl

122

Do

283.

Thiruneermalai

130

Do

284.

Perungudi

113

Do

285.

Seevaram

114

Do

286.

Medavakkam

130

Do

287.

Jalladianpettai

154

Do

288.

Perumbakkam

153

Do

289.

Sittalapakkam

148

Do

290.

Kovilancheri

147

Do

291.

Madurapakkam

149

Do

292.

Moolacheri

150

Do

293.

Ottiampakkam

151

Do

294.

Arasankazhani

152

Do

295.

Seminaryeri

156

Tambaram

296.

Sholinganallur

155

Do

297.

Sandavellur

34

Sriperumpudur

298.

Sendamangalam

29

Do

299.

Moondramkattalai

87

Do

300.

Palur

87

Chengalpattu

301.

Kannigaiper

90

Uthukottai

302.

Amur

108

Ponneri

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