Jhabua declared 'water scarce' district; restrictions on tube-wells, irrigation set in place

In an order issued during the day, the district administration declared Jhabua as water scarce under MP Peya-Jal Parirakshan Adhiniyam, an official said.

PTIUpdated: Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 04:44 PM IST
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Jhabua (Madhya Pradesh): The tribal-dominated Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh, bordering Gujarat, has been declared as 'water scarce', leading to a ban on digging of tube-wells and irrigation without prior permission, an official said on Tuesday.

In an order issued during the day, the district administration declared Jhabua as water scarce under MP Peya-Jal Parirakshan Adhiniyam, an official said.

"Public drinking water sources cannot be used for irrigation or industrial purposes without prior permission of the district administration. Digging tube-wells will not be allowed without prior permission. However, tube-wells of farmers will be free from these restrictions," the official said, quoting the order.

Violators could be fined Rs 2,000 or may face a jail sentence of two years, he added.

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