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Situation in Rajasthan critical despite good rainfall and ground water level


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With this year’s rainfall, the country’s land has flourished, and after many years, the ground water level has increased drastically. All over the country, 437.6 billion cube metre of water has been recharged into the ground. Out of which, 61%, that is, 239.16 billion cube metre has been taken out for irrigation, drinking, and industrial use, which has been revealed by the Dynamic Ground Water Resource Assessment of India-2022 report. The situation of groundwater recharge had improved in 2004, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017, and 2020, and if 2013 is kept aside, then the groundwater recharge is the most this year.

Despite this, no major improvement has been seen in Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Western Uttar Pradesh, and these starts are still in a critical situation. In Rajasthan and Gujarat, the water level has gone further 4 metres down in some areas. In Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Western UP, the groundwater level is below other parts of the country, and this depth is 5 to 20 metres below the ground. In Jodhpur’s Khara, the groundwater level is 130.77 metres below the surface.

Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab are among those states which take out more water than is recharged. Delhi, UP, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Chandigarh too, exploit 60-100% of the groundwater.

Sonakshi Datta
Sonakshi Datta
Journalist who wants to cover the truth which others look the other way from.

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