Magazine Articles | Water | VOL. 15, ISSUE 91, July-August 2015 |

Groundwater Exploitation in the Northwest Plains

Groundwater subsumes 97 per cent of the world’s readily accessible freshwater and also caters to the rural, urban, industrial and irrigation water supply needs of about 2 billion people around the world, as pointed out by a 2011 World Bank report on ‘Indian Groundwater Governance’. With the gradual depletion of surface water resources by unprecedented population growth, the pressure on groundwater is gradually growing. However, no checks are put in place and no charges levied on groundwater usage. The ‘Indian...

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