IF CURRENT trends of acute groundwater use continue, 60% of all acquifers in India could run dry in 20 years or will be in a critical condition, a World Bank report launched on Friday said.

Sushil Goyal

The CPI today opposed the Centre

T. N. Narasimhan

Recent geophysical studies report large-scale groundwater mining in the Indus-Ganga Basin. India can gain useful insights by examining American experience in adapting to unacceptable groundwater overdraft.

Dec. 6: The capital city and the state are facing acute shortage of clean potable fresh water and there are fears that the present resources will last only a few more years.
The groundwater level in the city has plummeted to 2.16 metres and this gives an idea of the severity of the problem.

A group of students from Carmel Girls

Ronald Anil Fernandes, Mangalore, Nov 10, DH News Service:

Conserving water is one of the top most concerns of many states in India and Karnataka is no exception.

The lush green surroundings of Kairangala village near Konaje. . DH photoHowever, here is a classic case of official apathy wherein the authorities concerned have shown lackadaisical attitude in solving the issue.

Even as the Union Water Resources Ministry is planning to introduce a tighter regulatory mechanism to check indiscriminate use of ground water resources, peasant associations are set to protest the move as they feel it would 'eliminate small and marginal farmers'.

Punjab, the land of rivers, is drying up rapidly. The overexploitation of groundwater is leading to drastic depletion of water table in the state, prompting the scientists to call it a

District administration has called a meeting of officers and legislators to chalk out an action plan on redressing drinking water scarcity in the City, on Oct 27.

The Thippagondanahalli reservoir (TGR), which caters to the water requirements of over one million people, is in the danger of drying up completely by 2016 if urgent redressal measures are not taken, cautioned a retired official of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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