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Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
07-February-2019 16:19 IST
Management of Ground Water

Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) has been entrusted with the responsibilities of developing & disseminating technologies, monitoring national policies for the scientific and substainable development and management of India’s ground water resources. CGWB periodically takes up various studies which include ground water management studies, exploratory drilling programmes, monitoring ground water level and water quality through a network of ground water observation wells etc and the result collected is shared with the concerned States for taking up suitable ground water specific interventions.

The National Aquifer Mapping and Management Programme (NAQUIM) was initiated as a part of the Ground Water Management and Regulation scheme to delineate and characterize the aquifers to develop plans for ground water management.

Aquifer maps and management plans are being regularly shared with State Governments through the State Ground Water Coordination Committees, chaired by the concerned Principal Secretaries of the respective States and also with the respective District Authorities for their suitable ground water specific demand side and supply side interventions. To facilitate participation at grassroots levels, public interaction programmes (PIP) are being regularly organized  by the CGWB in which aquifer maps and management plans are discussed in detail.

The State-wise details of aquifer mapping work carried out by CGWB in India is given at Annexure.

ANNEXURE

State and UT-wise areas (in km2) for which aquifer maps have been prepared and management plans have been developed since the inception of the programme

 

S.No.

State/UT

Area for which aquifer maps and management plans have been prepared (km2)

1

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

400

2

Andhra Pradesh

52150

3

Arunachal Pradesh

3399

4

Assam

6879

5

Bihar

14921

6

Chhattisgarh

19525

7

Dadra & Nagar Haveli

490

8

Delhi

1483

9

Goa

1756

10

Gujarat

31522

11

Haryana

44179

12

Himachal Pradesh

3200

13

Jammu & Kashmir

9506

14

Jharkhand

19395

15

Karnataka

84043

16

Kerala

15200

17

Lakshadweep

32

18

Madhya Pradesh

71798

19

Maharashtra

66298

20

Manipur

1655

21

Meghalaya

4937

22

Mizoram

700

23

Nagaland

910

24

Odisha

22450

25

Puducherry

454

26

Punjab

50368

27

Rajasthan

151275

28

Sikkim

140

29

Tamil Nadu

71131

30

Telangana

39578

31

Tripura

6757

32

Uttar Pradesh

65108

33

Uttarakhand

7811

34

West Bengal

21201

 

Total

890651

 

            This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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