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GOVERNMENT OF TAMIL NADU

ABSTRACT

Ground Water - Estimation of ground water resources as per GEC Methodology 1997 - Categorisation of Panchayat Union blocks as Over Exploited, Critical, Semi critical and Safe for Ground Water Development in Tamil Nadu - Approved - Orders issued.

Public Works (R2) Department 

G.O. (Ms) No. 51                                                                                    Dated: 11.2.2004.

                                                                                                            Read:

  1. G.O. (2D) No. 326 Public Works Department dated.23.11.1993.
  2. G.O. (D) No. 457 Public Works Department dated 1.10.1996
  3. G.O. (Ms) No.117 Energy (C1) Department dated 13.6.1997
  4. Letter No. 29404/R2/2000-1 Public Works Department dated 26.7.2000
  5. Letter Ms.No. 141 Energy Department dated. 26.7.2000

                                                                                           Read also:

  1. From the Member (SAM), CGWB, New Delhi Letter No.3-4/

    RESCGWB M(SAM) 2001-1223 dated.17.6.03 addressed to Chief Engineer

    (State Ground and Surface Water Resources Data Centre)

    1. From the Chief Engineer (State Ground and Surface Water Resources Data Centre) Letter No. G1/8474/Assessment/2003/1.9.2003.
    2. From the Member Secretary, State Planning Commission Letter No.3360/State Planning Commission/APP/2003/21.10.2003.
    3. From the Chief Engineer (State Ground and Surface Water Resources Data Centre) Letter No.G1/8474/Assessment/2003 dated 29.1.04 and 6.2.04.

ORDER:-

                        Based on the development of Ground Water Resources the Panchayat Union Blocks in Tamil Nadu were categorized into Dark and Grey areas in the G.O. first read above. The Blocks with more than 85% to 100% Ground Water Development were categorized as "Dark block" and the blocks with ground water development between 65% to 85% were categorized as "Grey Blocks". This categorization was done in accordance with the then prevailing Ground Water Estimation Committee  - 1984  (GEC - 1984) Norms. Thereafter the committee constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India has recommended to adopt the GEC - 1997 Norms for estimation of the Ground Water resources in all the States. 

                        2. The Government, in the G.O. second read above constituted a State Level Working Group for the assessment of the ground water potential in Tamil Nadu. The above group have finalized the categorization of the Panchayat Union Blocks as per the GEC 1997 Methodology. The Ground Water resources have been computed as on January 1998 and the same has been projected to January 2003 on prorata basis as decided during the Working Group meeting. The above assessment report has been vetted and accepted by the Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, Govt. of India, New Delhi.  

            3. In his letter seventh read above the Chief Engineer (State Ground and Surface Water Resources Data Centre) has stated that based on the GEC 1997 Methodology, the Ground Water Assessment has been worked out and based on the development of Ground Water and the long term water level trend, the panchayat Union Blocks in Tamil Nadu have been categorized as Over-Exploited, Critical, Semi-Critical and Safe. The Chief Engineer has proposed that in order to observe certain Ground Water discipline for implementation of Minor Irrigation schemes so as to conserve and manage the ground water potential, the categorization of Panchayat Union blocks in all the districts (except Chennai district) of Tamil Nadu have to be notified and circulated to all departments and agencies dealing with the ground water development. 

            4. The Member-Secretary, State Planning Commission has also requested the Government to inform the Collectors of the categorization of the Blocks as per GEC 1997 Methodology for guidance in implementation of the programmes for Rain Water Harvesting and artificial recharge of Ground Water.  

            5. The Government have decided to approve the above proposals of the Chief Engineer (State Ground and Surface Water Resources Data Centre). Accordingly the Government approve the categorization of the Panchayat Union blocks in Tamil Nadu as Over- Exploited, Critical, Semi critical and Safe blocks for ground water development as on January 2003 as detailed in the Annexure to this order.  

            6. The Government also direct that no schemes should be formulated in over exploited and critical blocks, and in semi critical and safe blocks all the schemes should be formulated in consultation with State Ground and Surface Water Resources Data Centre of Water Resources Organisation in Public Works Department. The term 'scheme excludes energisation of agricultural pump sets by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board.  

            7. The Government further direct that appropriate rain water harvesting and artificial recharge schemes be carried out in all the categories of blocks and while carrying out the above schemes priority shall be given to the over exploited and the critical blocks so as to avoid further deterioration.

(BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNOR)

 N.S. PALANIAPPAN

SECRETARY TO GOVERNMENT

To

The Chief Engineer (State Ground and Surface Water Resources Data Centre), Tharamani, Chennai - 113.

All the other Chief Engineers in Public Works
Department/Engineer-in-Chief and Chief Engineer (General), Public Works Department, Water Resources Organisation, Chennai -5

All District Collectors.

The Director of Rural Development, Chennai -104.

The General manager, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, Chennai -34.

The Registrar of Co-operative Societies, Chennai

The Chief Engineer (Agricultural Engineering), Chennai -35

The Director of Agriculture, Chennai - 5

The Director of Horticulture, Chennai - 5

The Commissioner/Managing Director, Sugar Corporation, Chennai - 35.

The Managing Director, Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, Chennai - 5.

The Engineering Director, Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, Chennai - 5.

The Managing Director, Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board, Chennai - 2.

The Chairman, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, Chennai - 2

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The Energy Department, Chennai - 9

The Agriculture Department, Chennai - 9.

The Revenue Department, Chennai - 9

The E&F Department, Chennai - 9

The Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, Chennai - 9

The Rural Development Department, Chennai - 9

The Co-operation Department, Chennai - 9

The Industries Department, Chennai - 9

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