Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
27-August-2012 18:38 IST
Rain Water Harvesting

The Ministry of Water Resources has circulated the Model Bill to all the States/ Union Territories to regulate and control development and management of ground water, which also contains a chapter on Rain Water Harvesting for Ground Water Recharge.

The States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura have not adopted the bill since they feel that it is not necessary to enact ground water legislation as ground water development in these states is quite low. The legislation is under formulation or at various stages of enactment in 16 States/ UTs viz. Andaman & Nicobar, Chhattisgarh, Daman & Diu, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Details of feedback from the 14 States/ UTs that have enacted ground water legislation are furnished in Annexure I.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Water Resources and Minority Affairs Shri Vincent H. Pala in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.