The Kerala Groundwater (Control and Regulation) Act 2002 came into force on 16.12.2003 vide G.O.No.6997/GW1/03/WRD, and it is considered necessary in the public interest to regulate and control any form of development of Groundwater .As per the order No.P/17/2004/WR Dtd 16.03.2004 the rules have been notified in the act .Accordingly State Groundwater Authority has been constituted on 16.01.2004.
The Authority shall consists of the following members, namely:-
- The Secretary to Government, Water Resource Department ; Ex-officio, who shall the Chairman of the Authority;
- The Secretary to Government, Finance Department ; Ex-officio;
- The Secretary to Government, Local Self Government(Rural Development) Department ; Ex-officio;
- The Director, Groundwater Department; Ex-officio, who shall be the Secretary of the Authority;
- The following persons nominated by the Government;
- Two members of the Legislative Assembly;
- An expert in Water Resources;
- A member of Grama Panchayat
- A member of Municipal Council;
- A member belonging to a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe;
- A Woman;
- A public man;
- An environmental activist.
Present State Groundwater Authority Members
|Sl.No||Authority Member||Order No. and Date|
|1||Secretary, Water Resources Department (Chairman)||Kerala Groundwater (Control and Regulation) Act, 2002|
|2||Secretary, Finance Department|
|3||Secretary, Local Self Government Department|
|4||Director, Groundwater Department(Secretary)|
Near Railway station,
Badagara P.O., Kozhikode
|G.O.(P)No.03/2019/WRD Dated 14th February 2019|
Chathamangalam.P.O, Nenmara, Palakkad
|G.O.(P)No.19/2017/WRD Dated 23rd September 2017|
Assisstant Professor and Research Guide,
Department of Geology,
University of Kerala,
|8||Sri.Sadique Ali Madathil,
Member Pookottoor Grama Panchayath, Madathil House,
Valluvambram.P.O, Malappuram District
Member Thiruvalla Municipal Council,
PRA-G-60, GPO Lane,
“Ground Water Authority stands for the effective utilization of groundwater resources”
The establishment of Groundwater Authority in 2004 deals with the policy issues pertaining to groundwater management.
- The Groundwater Authority imparts knowledge to general public and students on the use of groundwater, and water conservation through short films, booklets, mass awareness programs etc.
- The development of groundwater over the years had witnessed tremendous growth in its development as a result indiscriminate and illegal extraction of groundwater is taking place at several places creating environmental instability and socio-economic issue across the state.
- The development of groundwater in special zones such as CRZ etc. is being regulated by State Groundwater Authority.
- Groundwater department has shifted its focus mainly from development to management by enacting Groundwater Control and Regulation Act 2002 in the context of following:
- The densely populated towns and cities demands huge withdrawal of groundwater from localized area and hence leads to groundwater management crisis due to over exploitation of groundwater resources.
- The disputes on the demand based groundwater development are on its rise and are often getting complicated with the management of groundwater resources on public ground.
- The industrial and infrastructure development projects, notification of areas to control and regulate the use of groundwater.