Cap­i­tal to face se­vere wa­ter cri­sis soon

Governance Now - - BRIEFINGS -

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!

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