May 31, 2018 10:07 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

With a view to giving water conservation in the state a shot, and the underground water table a steady booster dose, the Haryana Government has decided to issue an ordinance for setting up the Haryana Pond and Waste Water Management Authority.

The Haryana Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, here last evening, approved the draft ordinance for setting up the Authority which would manage all ponds located outside notified forest areas in the state, excluding those having an area of less than 0.5 acre.

The Authority would consist of the Chief Minister as Chairperson, Minister In-charge for Irrigation and Water Resources and Minister In-charge for Development and Panchayats as Senior Vice-Chairperson. A person of eminence in the field of water resources management will be appointed Executive Vice-Chairman.

Additional Chief Secretaries or Principal Secretaries of Finance Department, Irrigation and Water Resources Department, Development and Panchayats Department, Rural Development Department, Urban Development Department, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department, Vice Chancellor, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal, and Director, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra, would be the members. 

An officer in the rank of Engineer-in-Chief or equivalent in Irrigation and Water Resources Department or Public Health Engineering Department of the State or Central Government would be appointed Technical Advisor. It will have two non-official members from amongst experts or social workers in the field of environment and ecology or pond development and conservation.

An officer in the rank of Chief Engineer or equivalent in Irrigation and Water Resources Department or Public Health Engineering Department or Development and Panchayats of the State or Central Government would be appointed Member Secretary.

The District Consultation and Monitoring Committee will be headed by Chairman, Zila Parishad. The committee in each district would consist of the Additional Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chief Executive Officer, District Rural Development Agency, Superintending Engineers of Irrigation and Water Resources Department and Public Health Engineering Department, the District Development and Panchayat Officer, the Deputy Director, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, the District Horticulture Officer, the District Forest Officer and District Fisheries Officer.

It will also have two non-official members, including one from among experts or social workers in the field of environment and ecology or ponds development and conservation. The District Pond Management Officer would be the Convener.

Village Pond and Waste Water Management Committee will be set up at village level to carry out the objects of this Ordinance. The committee shall be headed by the Sarpanch and shall consist of village level workers that is members from Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC), Asha worker, member of self-help group, Swachhta Doot, representative of farmers to be benefitted and other volunteer social worker from village.

The Authority would include survey and study, regulations, control, protection, conservation, reclamation, regeneration, restoration, construction, environmental impact assessment and planning, evolving integrated plan for development of ponds, removal of encroachment of ponds, use of pond water for cattle, fire fighting, education or tourism and utilization of pond water and treatment thereof wherever required.

It will also look at utilization of pond water and affluent of sewage treatment plants for the purpose of irrigation by developing infrastructure such as pumping machinery, channels and pipe system.
No person will construct any structure on pond land, green belt and catchment area, occupy any pond land or part thereof or cause any obstruction in the natural or normal course of inflow or outflow of water into or from the pond on the upstream or down-stream without permission of the Authority. 

The Ordinance also prohibits activities such as dumping of debris, municipal or industrial solid wastes, mud or earth soil into and around pond, green belt or catchment areas, discharge untreated municipal waste or industrial effluent into the pond directly or indirectly, construct roads, bridges or other structures within the pond area, including the pond bund, without permission of the Authority.

None would breach bund, waste weir, including lowering or raising the height of the waste weir from its original height or remove fence, boundary stones or any hoarding or any signboard erected by the Authority; and do any other act which is detrimental directly or indirectly to the pond. 
Nothing in this Ordinance prohibits the Authority from redefining water uses of ponds or STP treated effluent from time to time. The Authority may grant permission for any of the above prohibited uses, in public interest.
The ownership of land of ponds of various departments of the state government would vest in the Authority. But if and where the land of the pond is in the name of the Gram Panchayat, it will continue to be in the name of the Gram Panchayat.

Every authority would consult the Authority before preparing spatial or development plan of any area comprising a pond and no spatial or development plan in respect of an area comprising a pond would be approved or enforced without prior approval of the Authority. No person will undertake any activity, whatsoever, within the boundary of the pond.

Penalty for contravention

Those who violate provisions of Sections 14, 16 or 18 will be liable for fine not exceeding Rs 25,000 or imprisonment not exceeding three months, or both.

Penalty for causing obstruction

Those who will obstruct the Gram Panchayat, District Pond Management Officer or any person acting under the orders or directions of the Authority, from exercising powers, discharging function or performing duties under this Ordinance or the rules made thereunder; or damages any work or property of the Authority; or destroys, pulls down, removes, injures or defaces any pillar, post or stake fixed in the ground or any notice or other matter put up, inscribed or placed, by or under the directions of the Authority, will be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding Rs 10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding one month or both.

Enhanced penalty for subsequent offence

If any person, who has been convicted of any offence under Section 21 is again found guilty of an offence involving contravention of the same provision, will, on the second and on every subsequent conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding Rs 50,000 or imprisonment, not exceeding six months or both.  

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