Groundwater has played a significant role in the maintenance of India’s economy, environment, and standard of living. India is the largest groundwater user in the world. Through the construction of millions of private wells, there has been a phenomenal growth in the exploitation of groundwater in the last five decades.

CHENNAI: A comprehensive groundwater regulatory authority will be established soon to address issues of water quality and availability in Chennai Metropolitan area. The move is aimed at weaning the city's residents away from an unsustainable dependence on groundwater and to impose strict control on the use of sub-surface water.

This paper examines how the neoliberal policies have influenced the water sector reform policies and interventions in India, particularly, in the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

An Act to regulate and control the development and management of ground water and matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. Whereas, it is expedient to provide for Regulation and control of development and management of ground water in the State and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

JAIPUR: The groundwater level has depleted continuously over the past few years in the city. If the exploitation continues, experts say, in the next four years there will no water available for daily chores in many areas of the city.

According to the data available with state groundwater department, 13 panchayats under Jaipur district are overexploited where the groundwater table is alarming.

A Bill to regulate and control the development and management of ground water and matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. Whereas, it is expedient to provide for Regulation and control of development and management of ground water in the State and for matters connected therewith or incident thereto.

Noting a fall in groundwater levels, the fact that all major parks in Delhi are facing water shortage and that the treated effluent used for horticulture purposes leaves behind a foul smell, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is in the process of charting out a plan to address the issues.

With in-principle approval of Delhi Water Board (Amendment) Bill-2011 by the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Thursday, groundwater extraction in the Capital will be regulated strictly.

The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has gazetted the rain water harvesting regulations, giving a clear picture on how to install the RWH system.

As per the regulations, under the roof-based RWH, rainwater has to be harvested for use through a filter into a storage tank or for recharge of an open well.

Largest user of groundwater is India: World Bank

Lauds Andhra model of self-regulation

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A World Bank report has expressed concern at the over-exploitation of groundwater in India.

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