By Shakeel Ahmed
The author is Chief Scientist, Aquifer Mapping, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research -NGRI, Hyderabad. firstname.lastname@example.org
A futuristic programme that intends to define the geometry and hydrochemistry of India’s natural aquifers in a national database which can act as an important point of reference for water resources management.
The alarming depletion of groundwater, amid escalating demand for water has motivated the Indian government to accord top priority to aquifer-based sustainable groundwater management of late. The National Aquifer Mapping Programme has been planned to define the geometry, productive zones, hydraulic characteristics and hydrochemistry of the principal aquifers in India, besides quantifying the present storage, assess recharge and discharge areas, as also mark aquifers vulnerable to contamination. The programme will mathematically model the conditions of aquifers all over the country...