Capital to face severe water crisis soon
There has been a mindless and uncontrolled digging or borewells in the national capital in last two decades. Presenting a dismal picture of delhi’s water scenario to the supreme court, the central ground Water Board revealed that the captial’s water table is decreasing from 0.5 metre to over 2 metres every year at various places. The reckless exploitation of water can lead to a severe crisis if the issue remains unaddressed. As per the board’s report, in 2000, the ground water was available at 40 metres, but in 18 years, in 15 percent of delhi, the level has sunk in to 40 to 80 metres. similarly, 27% of the national capital territory’s 1,483 sq km had ground water at the level of 0-5 metres in 2010 but in 17 years this has shrunk to 11 percent. Almost all of delhi is placed in semi-critical and critical zones.
in pockets of East and south delhi the water level is insignificant and remains uncharged for years. “only some pockets in West and central district appear to be safe as of now,” the board said in its report. While construction work might be one reason why groundwater is being mindlessly exploited, the other reason is less dependency on surface water. of course, the Yamuna happens to be polluted beyond measure. And who cares about reviving ponds and baolis!