According to the last assessment in 1993, out of the total precipitation (snowfall included) of around 4,000 billion cubic metres in the country, 1,869 billion cubic metres of surface water and replenishable ground water is available. But topographical and other constraints allow the use of only about 60 per cent.
The water shortage has led to violence as well as panic. Consider this:
- Tourists have begun fleeing Shimla because of water scarcity. There is water supply only on alternate days.
- On May 14, three members of a Bhopal...