‘It may be the size of the Asian rivers, large because they drain the Himalayas, that makes the pollution so prominent.’
The environment tribunal bench granted relief to the DDA after it was argued that if the stay order on construction was not lifted then it would cause great loss to the public exchequer.
Sukhatal is already being choked, and residents of Naini Tal fear that the lake that gives the town its name too may not survive for long.
Fluoride concentration in groundwater is going up as wells are getting deeper; experts say using surface water after treatment is the only way out.
Highly water- and energy-scarce countries like India and Pakistan are losing huge amounts of groundwater and energy because of their food exports.
The lack of any law to protect groundwater levels is actively hampering any efforts to enable and encourage the natural replenishment of the NCT’s water table.
The researchers have now set their sights on developing software to calculate optimum fertiliser amounts for crop fields given other cultivation parameters.
In many rainfall-scarce areas, groundwater has been exploited to plant water-guzzling crops like paddy and sugarcane, especially in Vidarbha and Rayalaseema.
Even as villagers are fighting to save Puducherry’s cascading tank systems, for their efforts to succeed, there is a need for complete political and official non-interference.
Groundwater levels are falling in 30% of the basin’s aquifer system. But within 60%, access to potable groundwater is restricted by excessive salinity or arsenic.
Not just the reservoir closest to Latur – three other major water storage points in Marathwada, Maharashtra, have run dry. It’s just a sign of things to come.
The Indus Basin is the second most overstressed on the planet, its water levels falling by 4-6 mm/year