GSI blames ground water exploitation for land cracks in UP

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Lucknow, Jun 17 (UNI) The Uttar Pradesh government and Geological Survey of India (GSI) scientists have ruled out any serious concern on the reports of land cracks in different parts of the state and said exploitation of ground water was the main reason behind the cracks.

The officials also denied that mining of minerals or sand was the reason behind the ground fissure openings.

State chief secretary Atul Kumar Gupta, held a meeting with senior GSI scientists here today to assess the situation after panic button was pushed by the masses due to several incidents of land cracks in Bundelkhand region, Allahabad, Etawah, Kanpur and in Kakori locality of the state capital yesterday.

Mr Gupta told mediapersons here that there was no reason to panic as the scientists of the GSI claimed that such occurance had occurred earlier also.

He said a Bill regarding control on excess withdrawal of ground water and compulsory recharging of ground water would be brought after taking the people into confidence to prevent such occurances in future.

Meanwhile, the GSI has installed Micro Earthquake Monitoring (MEQ) equipment in Surajpur village of Hamipur district for the next 15 days to rule out the possibility of micro-tremors.

Similar MEQ would be installed in other places of the district tomorrow for the fortnight.

GSI senior Deputy Director General (northern region) Dr P N Rajdan told reporters here, since the areas, where the land cracks or ground fissure occurred had experienced deficient rainfall during the past 4-5 years thus, excessive withdrawal of groundwater created tension in the aquifer resulting in the sudden recharge of water, which formed fissures on the land.

''All the sites are at alluvium and close to river or stream channel and are characterised by bad land topography. All the cracks were noticed after the heavy rainfall of June 9 and invesgitations indicated that these cracks have developed due to sudden recharge of groundwater following heavy rainfall over a very short duration'', Dr Rajdan claimed.

He further said the opening up of cracks in the ground was not a phenomena limited to this region only, however, such incidents had occurred in other parts of the world also.

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