Panchayat:Repo18/Law Manual Page0562

*THE KERALA PANCHAYAT RAJ (REGULATIONAND PROHIBITION OF USE OF PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SPRINGS, TANKS, WELLS AND OTHER WATER COURSES) RULES, 1996

S.R.O. No. 266/96.- In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (iii) of sub-section (2) of Section 254 of the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (13 of 1994), the Government of Kerala hereby make the following rules, namely:

RULES

1. Short title and commencement.-

(1) These rules may be called the Kerala Panchayat Raj (Regulation and Prohibition of Use of Public or Private Springs, Tanks, Wells and other Water Courses) Rules, 1996.

(2) They shall come into force at once. 2. Definitions. In these rules, unless the context otherwise requires,(a) 'Act' means the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (13 of 1994);

(b) 'Panchayat means a Village Panchayat constituted under Clause (a) of sub-section (1) of Section 4 of the Kerala Panchayat Raj Act, 1994 (13 of 1994);

(c) 'Secretary' means the Secretary of the Village Panchayat; (d) 'Section' means a Section of the Act;

(e) Words and expressions used and not defined in these rules, but defined in the Act shall have the meaning respectively assigned to them in the Act.

3. Prohibition of Regulation of bathing of animals and washing of clothes etc. in public water courses, tanks etc.-

The Panchayat shall have the power to regulate or prohibit the bathing of animals or washing of clothes or other articles or fishing in any public spring, tank, well or any public water course or part thereof within the Panchayat area for the protection of public health: Provided that the Panchayat may set apart specially any public spring, tank, well or any other water course for the purpose of drinking, bathing, washing or for the bathing of animals.

4. Prohibition or Regulation of bathing of animals and washing of clothes etc. in private water courses, tanks etc.—

The Panchayat shall have the power to regulate or prohibit the bathing of animals or washing of clothes or other articles in any private spring of tank or well or water course or part thereof within the Panchayat area, with the consent of the owner of such place.