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Traffic Restriction in Delhi scaled down after Haryana Jat leaders decide to postpone their Protest

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New Delhi, March 19, 2017: The Delhi Police on Sunday said traffic restriction here have been scaled down after the Haryana Jat leaders decided to postpone their protest in the national capital but security arrangements will be kept in place to handle any untoward incident.

The police on Saturday said traffic on several Delhi roads will be closed on Monday, and asked the Metro to curtail its services to neighbouring Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in a bid to prevent the entry of protestors here.

“The traffic restrictions for March 20 have been scaled down. All roads will remain open to normal traffic. Commuters are, however, requested to avoid areas in New Delhi as certain security checks will still be in place,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Garima Bhatnagar said.

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The Jats are demanding reservation for the community in government jobs and educational institutions, among other things.

They had threatened to lay siege to Parliament on Monday.

Special Commissioner of Police (Operations) Dependra Pathak said three-tier security right from the city’s borders to the New Delhi area will remain. It will help monitor the security situation.

“As we know that the agitation has been called off, restrictions, particularly on the Metro, local trains, buses and other public transport, have been eased and these will ply normally. But security arrangements already made at border in central Delhi and New Delhi area will remain.

“Police presence will be ensured. We are continuously monitoring the situation,” the officer added. (IANS)

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Illegal Extraction of Groundwater Becomes Punishabe Offence in UP

Under a New Act in UP, installing a rainwater harvesting system at government offices and departments is necessary

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Groundwater Management and Regulation Act has come into force in UP to permanently resolve the receding groundwater crisis. Pixabay

The illegal extraction of groundwater will be a punishable offence in Uttar Pradesh under the UP Groundwater Management and Regulation Act 2019, which came into force on Friday.

Under the act, installing a rainwater harvesting system at government offices and departments is necessary.

“Groundwater Management and Regulation Act has come into force to permanently resolve the receding groundwater crisis. The bill will bring pace to the water conservation policy. The law will also help in reducing the water pollution,” said VK Upadhyay, Director, Uttar Pradesh Groundwater Department.

“As per the act, the installation of rainwater harvesting system at all government, semi-government, government-funded offices and private institutions has been made mandatory,” he added.

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Provisions have been made for Groundwater management in risk-prone areas in UP. Pixabay

He elaborated that under the law, provisions have been made for groundwater management in risk-prone areas. Besides, the law will ensure that no individual or institution pollutes groundwater, rivers or ponds.

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Upadhyay said that a list of regulations is being made for the time-bound implementation of several provisions of the Act. (IANS)