A P W A L T A
(The Andhra Pradesh Water, Land and Trees Act, 2002)
The main aim of the APWALTA Act is to promote Water Conservation, tree cover, regulate over-exploitation of water resources,
to ensure better use of ground and surface water and to protect and conserve water resources as well as land and environment.
· Registration of all existing bore wells.
· Regulates digging of new bore wells.
· Registration and regulation of rigs.
· Ensure closure other wells which effects the drinking water sources.
· Regulates the number of wells and distance between wells in the village
depending on the ground water availability and utilization.
· Ensures construction of rain water harvesting structures.
· Ensures sufficient tree cover in private and public places.
· Protection of existing surface water bodies.
· Prevention of pollution of surface and ground water resources.
· Ensures safe drinking water.
· Protection of existing trees and improve the green cover in public and private places.
· Implementation by District level authority under the Chairmanship of the District Collector.
IMPLEMENTATION OF “APWALTA” IN WEST GODAVARI DISTRICT
· So far 105 Rigs registered.
· 75 rotary rigs are to be registered.
· Digging of new Bore-wells banned in 31 over exploited villages.
· 250m. distance norm is being followed while giving permission for new wells.
· Close monitoring of Ground Water levels at Village level.
· Registration of existing Wells is under progress.
· Workshops have been conducted for creating awareness on the Act.
Wide publicity was given for creating awareness to the public on APWALTA.