Order of the Supreme Court of India regarding supply of water for industrial purposes from Srivaikuntam anaicut, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, 04/02/2019
Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of M/S. Southern Petrochemical Industries Corpn. Ltd Vs S. Joel & Others dated 04/02/2019 regarding diversion of 0.055 hectares of forest land in Srivaigundam Village in Thoothukudi Division for construction of an intake well for "drinking water purposes". But allegation came up that TWAD Board has also permitted the use of water for industrial purposes.
SC refuses to consider the submission that the permission which was granted on 7 March 2008 by the State Government for the diversion of 0.055 hectares of land for the construction of an intake well for drinking water purposes, did not contain a prohibition for utilizing the water for industrial purposes. The Court directs the Collector of Thoothukudi division to independently assess the situation so as to ensure that the need for drinking water and irrigation is not compromised. Until the Collector takes a decision and further for a week the supply of water for industrial purposes, including for the Tuticorin Thermal Power Plant is allowed "subject to the condition that drinking water requirements are fully met on priority". Thereafter, parties shall abide by the decision of the Collector.