The villagers residing down hills stood against the exploitation of the groundwater, which they feared would affect their irrigation water. Due to the agitation of the villagers, the District Magistrate stepped into the matter and the construction was stopped. In the year 2006, the builders started the project again with drilling of bore wells. The villagers brought this to the notice of the High Court (HC) of Uttarakhand. The court ordered a status quo against the boring activities. The sub divisional officer of the Nainital district ordered the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), to stop the activity.
In response to the request of the villagers, the Commissioner of Kumaon Division approached the Department of Geology and Jal Nigam to submit a survey report on the impact of boring in the lake area. The survey report clearly mentioned how the mindless extraction of groundwater from the area would affect the springs in the downstream area. According to these experts, the lake acts as a source to these springs. The water of the lake passes through fractures to these springs. The farmers depend on these springs and the livelihood of these poor farmers will be affected. The temporary injunction was rejected in the HC but the villagers again appealed in the District Court and managed to get a stay order.
The constructors bought land near to Khurpatal back and started boring wells in the area. It gave rise to agitation by the villagers, because of which the District Magistrate stepped into the matter and the construction was stopped.
The builders started the project again with drilling of bore wells. The villagers brought this to the notice of the High Court (HC) and the court ordered a status quo against the boring activities. CPWD was told to stop the activity.
CPWD was told to stop the activity.
Work started for the construction of housing project by AWHO
Dr. Ajay S. Rawat, Professor of History in Kumaon University filed a PIL against the illegal boring of groundwater in the area, due to construction of housing project by AWHO.
The standing council at the year end directed AWHO to stop boring activities.
The final hearing will be coming up in May.