Central Move to Enact a Law on Groundwater

According to newspaper reports, the Central Government is contemplating to enact a framework law on groundwater under article 252 of the constitution that would make it a common property of the Community Groundwater has to be viewed as a natural resource and its exploitation regulated for public good and future requirements. Government is working out a way of bringing water into the concurrent list to enable it to enact overarching regulatory laws.

MSR/19 July 2012

Source: News items in Times of India dt. 18.07.2012 under the titles of “Groundwater to be made public property” and “Groundwater at semi-critical level”.