Ground water NOC from Central ground water authority

Groundwater NOC from Central Ground Water Authority

CGWA NOC is a No Objection Certificate from the Central Ground Water Authority, which is required to abstract groundwater from an existing or proposed borewell at a project site for drinking, domestic, and factory operations by residential, commercial, and industrial units. According to the Revised Guidelines by CGWA, Ministry of Jal Shakti, India, dated September 24, 2020, any new or existing borewell without a valid NOC is illegal. Illegal groundwater abstraction may attract penalties and Environmental Compensation as per Section 15 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986.

Documents Required for Groundwater NOC

1. Pollution NOC from State Pollution Control Board,
2. Non-availability of water supply/water denial certificate
3. Ground Impact Assessment Report
4. Groundwater of testing report from NABL accredited laboratory
5. Completion certificate
6. NOC and permission from Wetland Authority (if Project area falling in the 500-meter radius of Wetland zone)
7. Impact Assessment Report with Groundwater modeling for Over Exploited, Critical, and semi-critical zones
8. Water audit reports as per CGWA rules

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  • Time to Deliver

    upto 120 days

  • Validity of NOC

    3 to 5 years

  • Govt Fee

    INR 10,000 for fresh application
    INR 5,000 for renewal

  • Abstraction Charges

    As per applicable Zones (Safe/ Critical/ Semi-critical/ Over Exploited)

Frequently Asked Questions

3-5 years from the date of issue.

As of April 2023, there is no specific timeline given in the CGWA guidelines, but it usually takes around 90 days to process and approve the application subject to compliance with the NOC guidelines.

Infrastructure projects, Industrial projects, mining projects.

The CGWA application fee is 10,000 INR as of April 2023.

There are 16 states where the Central Ground Water Authority does not have jurisdiction to grant the Borewell NOC.

Yes, The Groundwater abstraction charges are calculated based on the amount of groundwater to be abstracted from the borewell per day, the calculated amount is then required to be deposited to the Groundwater authority at the time of obtaining of CGWA No Objection Certificate.

Notified areas - Where NOC for groundwater withdrawal is not allowed with listed exemptions. Non-Notified areas - Areas where NOC for groundwater withdrawal is allowed for Industries, Infrastructure and Mining project.

Central Ground Water Authority, issues Ground water NOC also known as CGWA NOC for Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujrat, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand.

Residential townships include commercial buildings, Office buildings, Schools, College, University, Special Economic Zone, Metro Station, Railway Station, Bus Depot, Airport, Seaports, Highway infrastructure, Fire stations, Warehouses, Business Plaza, Malls and multiplex, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Resort, Hotel/ Restaurant / Food Plaza, Holiday home / Guest house/ Hostels, Banquet Hall / Marriage Gardens, IT Complex, Logistics & Cargo, Clubs, Trade Centre/ Agri Markets.


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