Implementation of Ground Water Regulation Act


     The Government of Tamil Nadu has enacted and started implementing the "Chennai Metropolitan Area Ground Water Regulation Act 1987" in order to control and regulate the extraction and transportation of ground water within Chennai city and 302 revenue villages of neighbouring Kancheepuram and Thiruvallur Districts.

     As per the provision of the said Act, and as per the G.O.(Ms).No.96, dated 26.07.2019 necessary licence has to be obtained from the competent authority for extraction and transportation of ground water for commercial use from the scheduled villages/areas governed under the Act. Otherwise it is treated as illegal and liable for punishment and further legal action as per the Act. In addition to this, as per the provisions of the Act it is necessary for the public to register the details of the existing ground water sources in their premises viz. dug-cum-bore well, tube well, filter points, open well, bore well, etc with the CMWSSB being the competent authority to implement the Act in Chennai city It is therefore informed that no person shall extract and transport ground water for commercial purpose without valid licence.

     In this regard the residents, private lorry owners, packaged drinking water units are requested to follow the procedure for getting a license. Necessary application forms for sinking wells, extraction or use of ground water, transportation of ground water, Permit for sinking well and Register of well are available in the CMWSS Board Head office and respective Area office / Depots free of cost, and are also available in Metro water's website (www.chennaimetrowater.tn.gov.in). The public are requested to apply immediately and hand over the filled in forms to the respective Area/Depot offices or through online at the earliest for regularization of existing well, extraction of ground water and transportation of ground water in Chennai City within a period of 90 days.


  • Types of Application Forms
  • Form -I : Application for sinking well in the scheduled well in the scheduled area under section 3(2) of the 1[Chennai] Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act, 1987 (Tamil Nadu Act 27 of 1987
  • Form -II : Application for extraction or use of groundwater under section 5 (2) (i) of the 1[Chennai] Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act, 1987 (Tamil Nadu Act 27 of 1987).
    • i) Agricultural purpose. (Form -II(a))
    • ii) Using pumps with capacity not exceeding 5HP.(Form -II(b))
    • iii) Using pumps with capacity exceeding 5HP but not exceeding 10HP. (Form -II(c))
    • iv) Using pumps with capacity exceeding 10HP. (Form -II(d))
  • Form -III : Application for transportation of groundwater under section 5 (2) (ii) of the 1[Chennai] Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act, 1987 (Tamil Nadu Act 27 of 1987)
  • Form -IV :Permit for sinking well under section 3 (4) (a) of the [Chennai] Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act, 1987 (Tamil Nadu Act 27 of 1987).
  • Form -V : Licence for extraction or use of groundwater for purpose other than domestic purposes under section 5 (4) (a) of the 1[Chennai] Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act, 1987 (Tamil Nadu Act 27 of 1987).
    • ii) Using pumps with capacity not exceeding 5HP (Form -V(a))
    • iii) Using pumps with capacity exceeding 5HP but not exceeding 10HP (Form -V(b))
    • iv) Using pumps with capacity exceeding 10HP (Form -V(c))
  • Form -VI :Licence for transportation of groundwater under section 5 (4) (a) (ii) of the 1[Chennai] Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act, 1987 (Tamil Nadu Act 27 of 1987).
  • Form -VII : Refusal to grant permit for sinking well under section 3 (4) (b) of the 1[Chennai] Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act. 1987 (Tamil Nadu Act 27 of 1987).
  • Form -VIII : Refusal to grant licence for extraction or use of groundwater under section 5 (4) (b) of the 1 [Chennai} Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act, 1987 (Tamil Nadu Act 27 of 1987).
  • Form -IX : Refusal to grant Licence for Transport of Grounswater under section 5 (4) (b) of the 1 [Chennai] Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act, 1987 (Tamil Nadu Act 27 of 1987).
  • Form -X : Under section 4 of the 1[Chennai] Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act, 1987.
  • Form -XI : Application for inclusion or modification of particulars in the Register of wells under section 4 (4) (a) of the 1[Chennai] Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act. 1987 (Tamil Nadu Act 27 of 1987).
  • Form -XII : Application form to furnish an extract relating to land under section 4 (5) of the 1[Chennai] Metropolitan Area Groundwater (Regulation) Act, 1987 (Tamil Nadu Act 27 of 1987).
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