27 October, 2020

'The Situation Is Challenging, But We Can Get Over It': Gajendra Singh Shekhawat On Water Crisis in India

Behavioural change, proper metering and river-linking are the solutions to water crisis in India, says Union water resources minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

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'The Situation Is Challenging, But We Can Get Over It': Gajendra Singh Shekhawat On Water Crisis in India
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2019-07-26T12:08:19+05:30

Behavioural change, proper metering and river-linking are the solutions in India, where 240 districts are water-­stressed, and there is 55 per cent ­dependency on groundwater for ­agriculture and drinking water, says Union water resources minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. Excerpts from an interview with Lola Nayar:

How serious is water crisis in India?

The situation is challenging, but we can get over it. This is the time of the last call of the alarm as climate change is knocking at our door. Over the past 15 years, we have witnessed a decline in monsoons in several areas. We have also got unpredictable rainfall. Monsoon duration has reduced. Still, the total precipitation hasn’t reduced much. We get rainfall of around 4,000 BCM, of which 3,000 BCM is harvested.  We have to enhance harvesting capacities. Around 240 districts are water-­stressed.  More districts can be added to this as change in rainfall pattern and water contamination has led to problems....

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