1. Govt teams to study drought situation in country till June

Govt teams to study drought situation in country till June

The water resources ministry would select areas for inspection on the basis of water stress indicators and in consultation with states.

By: | New Delhi | Published: April 29, 2016 5:20 AM

In a bid to draw a long-term strategy to deal with acute water scarcity witnessed in many parts of the country, the water resources ministry would send teams of experts drawn from the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) to various drought-affected areas.

The expert teams would study the water availability situation in these areas till the month of June and prepare a long-term plan for addressing the crisis, according to an official statement by water resources ministry.

“The teams will analyse the problems and causes leading to drought situations, identify water resources management challenges, gaps in water information and plans to recharge, long-term solutions and suggest measures for protection, management and restoration of water bodies,” the statement said on Thursday.

“The teams will incorporate one officer from state water resources department,” the statement said.

According to assessment of ground water level done by CGWB in March 2011, out of 6,607 assessment units such as blocks, talukas or district, etc in the country, 1,071 units falling in 16 states and two UTs have been categorised as ‘over-exploited’. In addition, 217 assessment units are ‘critical’ and 697 are ‘semi-critical’ on the basis of declining ground water level and stage of ground water utilisation, CGWB has recently noted.

CGWB has said that ground water is continuously being exploited due to growth in population, increased industrialisation and irrigation and its use being highly inefficient, has resulted in decline of ground water levels in various parts of the country. “Water level data for pre-monsoon 2015 compared with decadal mean of pre-monsoon (2005-2014) indicate decline in ground water level in 47% of the wells monitored by CGWB,” water resources minister Uma Bharati said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

The rural development ministry has recently written to chief secretaries of 13 drought-affected states directing them to ensure that over the next two months until the monsoon arrives, all persons demanding wage employment under NREGA should be provided with works.

Deadly drought

The expert teams would study the water availability situation in drought-affected areas till June and prepare a long-term plan for addressing the crisis

The water resources ministry would select areas for inspection on the basis of water stress indicators and in consultation with states. The teams will incorporate one officer from state water resources department

Water level data for pre-monsoon 2015 compared with decadal mean of pre-monsoon (2005-2014) indicate decline in ground water level in 47% of the wells monitored by CGWB, water resources minister Uma Bharati said in Lok Sabha

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