The Maharashtra Land Revenue (Permission for use of Water) Rules, 1969
Published vide Notification No. UNF. 1067 (b) R, dated 15th March, 1969 (M.G., part 4B, page 374)
A. Use of water for irrigation purposes2. Application for permission to use water. - Subject to the provisions of Rule 3, no person shall, without the previous permission in writing of a revenue officer not below the rank of a Naib-Tahsildar (such permission being obtained after making an application in that behalf) makes use of any water, the right to which vests in the Government, for the purpose of irrigating land unless-
(i) the land is assessed for the advantages accruing to it from such water under the provision of the Code, or
(ii) the land is subject to an existing 'nala-chad' on account of irrigation by means of a budki or pumping plant or any other contrivance, or
(iii) a water rate is levied for the supply of water to the land under any law relating to irrigation in force in the State.3. Procedure for grant of permission. - The revenue officer on receipt of an application under Rule 2, -
(a) shall send to the applicant a written acknowledgement of its receipt, and
(b) may, after due enquiry and after taking into consideration the interests of all persons already permitted to use such water, either grant the permission applied for, or after recording his reasons refuse the permission:Provided that, when the revenue officer fails to inform the applicant of his decision within a period of fifteen days from the date of receipt of the application, the permission applied for shall be deemed to have been granted: Provided further that, no permission shall be refused unless the applicant is given a reasonable opportunity of being heard. 4. Rate for use of water. - Where permission for use of water is granted or deemed to have been granted under Rule 3, such permission shall be subject to the payment of water rate as provided in the proviso to Section 70 of the Code.
B. Use of water for non-agricultural purposes5. Application for use of water for non-agricultural purposes. - An applicant for use of water, the right to which vests in the Government for nay non-agricultural purpose shall be made to the Collector. Such application shall clearly state the particulars of non-agricultural purposes for which water is to be used, the quantity of water and the period for which water is required, the Government source of water from which it is to be taken and such other particulars as may be required by the Collector for considering the application. 6. Collector to decide application. - On receipt of an application, the Collector may, after due enquiry and after taking into consideration the interests of all persons already 1. authorised or permitted to use water, for such non-agricultural purpose either grant the permission applied for subject to the payment of water rate at the sanctioned by the Government from time to time under Section 70 of the Code, or after recording his reasons, refuse the permission: Provided that, no permission shall be refused unless the applicant is given a reasonable opportunity of being heard. 7. Penalty. - Any person committing a breach of the provisions of any of these rules shall, in addition to any other consequences that would ensure from such breach be punishable with such fine not exceeding Rs. 200 if the water is used for an irrigation purpose, and not exceeding Rs. 1,000 if it is used for any other purpose, as the Collector may, after giving such person an opportunity to be heard, deems fit to impose.
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