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Tackling India’s Ground Water Resources: The Legal Perspective
India’s average annual precipitation, including snowfall is 4000 billion cubic meters (BCM). Computing various constraints, only 1123 BCM is assessed as the average annual utilisable water – 690 BCM from surface water and 433 BCM from ground water. Our nation’s present total water use is 634 BCM of which 83 percent is for irrigation. This is projected to grow to 813 BCM by 2010, 1093 BCM by 2025 and 1447 BCM by 2050, against utilisable quantum of 1123 BCM. Thus the demand will outstrip availability…