If the cost of the STP exceeds the cap fixed by the government, the difference amount will have to be arranged by the concerned association or the organisation.
The Public Health Engineering Department, responsible for ensuring safe drinking water to the locals of these affected districts, has started drilling deep-water borewells.
Meanwhile, storage level at Chembarambakkam, Red Hills, Cholavaram and Poondi, the four reservoirs that supply drinking water to the city, is substantially higher than on the same day in 2020.
It aims to create a reservoir between Palla and Wazirabad in Delhi to deal with water shortage in the capital.
The court directed the state to form the expert body within four weeks and file a detailed report.
With Chennai receiving copious amounts of rainfall ever since the monsoon began, groundwater levels have again seen an improvement compared to November.
In Hyderabad, the groundwater level was 4.60 mbgl in December 2020, better than December 2019, when it was 7.04 mbgl.
Thiru-vi-ka Nagar zone saw the highest increase in groundwater table (2.66m). While groundwater was available at a depth of 5.22m in October, it now can be found at a depth of 2.56m.
Today, he has a team of over 150 people who choose spots across the state which need plantation or water conservation.
Chennai Metro Water is setting up rain gauges in its 15 area offices covering 426 sq km. Similarly, it is also installing digital water level recorders in 200 observation wells in the city.
The environment ministry has raised concerns over relaxations given to industries in usage of groundwater and not having strict norms to check its pollution.
TGWD Director Dr Pandith Madhnure said that the State could benefit from the development and take up groundwater conservation.
A project, launched in the 1990s to rejuvenate water channels and river drains to augment the groundwater table, has been replicated with technological backing and with villagers’ support.
The notification came following a directive from the National Green Tribunal after a petition was filed by Rajendra Tyagi and Friends (NGO) to make water wastage and misuse a punishable offence
The wastage of water is taking place in many ways such as overflowing of overhead tanks in residential and commercial areas, the plea said.