Himanshu Kaushik, TNN

AHMEDABAD: With north Gujarat becoming a separate zone, the state forest department proposes to develop another wetland, this time in Banaskantha district. Nadeshwari near Vav district will be one of the largest freshwater wetlands in the country spread over 1,330 sq km.

They are just 220 km away from the hustle and bustle of Ahmedabad, but the 42 tribal villages of Amirgadh taluka in Gujarat

Groundwater plays a critical role in the agricultural economy of Gujarat state. The lack of surface water resources has put more pressure on groundwater to meet both agriculture as well as industrial and domestic sector demand. More than 90 per cent of the total irrigated area is covered through groundwater source in the region. The groundwater development in the region has taken place in an exponential manner. There is heavy overdraft, exceeding the annual rechargeable capacity in some areas.