Groundwater level: 60% state area ‘red’

Groundwater level: 60% state area ‘red’

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 13

About 60 per cent of the state’s area, spanning 85 out of the 141 blocks, falls in the “red category” as far as groundwater level is concerned, Additional Chief Secretary, Irrigation and Water Resources Department, Devender Singh, told the first meeting of the Haryana Water Resources Authority here today.

He said the water-table was a cause of concern in 14 of the 22 districts of Haryana. In the year 2004, out of the 114 blocks in the state, 55 had come under the red category, which was about 48 per cent due to the groundwater exploitation. But in 2020, out of 141 blocks, 85 blocks had reached the red category, which was 60 per cent.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who presided over the meeting, said for the smooth availability of groundwater, river water and treated water to the farmers in the state, a centralised water monitoring system should be prepared over the next two years in which districts, blocks and villages should be included.

He said the groundwater level had gone down to 80 ft in some districts, including, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal and Panipat, in the last five decades.

Haryana Water Resources Authority chairperson Keshni Anand Arora said a customised water plan would be prepared.

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