Packaged consuming water models throughout the State have launched an indefinite strike from Thursday night, demanding that the State authorities present no-objection certificates to function and loosen up norms for groundwater drawal based mostly on the zones.
This follows a directive from the Madras Excessive Court docket to district collectors to file studies on shutting down of unlicensed packaged consuming water models by March 3.
Members of the Larger Tamil Nadu Packaged Consuming Water Producers’ Affiliation mentioned that the 1,612 models throughout the State have been functioning with licences from the Bureau of India Requirements and Meals Security and Requirements Authority of India. Nonetheless, solely about 600 models had been supplied with NOC by the Water Sources Division for operation.
The founding father of the affiliation, A. Shakespeare, mentioned, “We are prepared to get an NOC from the government. We only draw a minimal quantity of water when compared to the industries. The State government must consider providing NOCs to all existing units and regulate groundwater drawal depending on the critical and overexploited areas. Groundwater drawal can be permitted from a minimum of 30,000 litres a day.”
On common, 25 crore litres of packaged consuming water is bought within the State. Of this, practically 2.5 crore litres are bought in and round Chennai.