Article courtesy of Sharmila Bhowmick | September 26, 2014 | The Times of India | Shared as educational material
NOIDA: The groundwater level in Noida is falling alarmingly by a metre every year, says a recently released report by the ministry of water resources, a consequence of the city’s breakneck pace of urbanization that now threatens to derail it.
The groundwater level, according to the report that was published this July, has surpassed the “critical level” and is now “overexploited”, which means the city could face a serious water shortage in the years to come unless its groundwater is adequately recharged.
The ‘overexploited’ mark is the worst on the scale of groundwater measurement in an area and means urgent measures are needed to recharge it. The report by Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) has found that the fall has been largely in the development blocks of Bisrakh and Dankaur, which cover the Noida and Greater Noida areas of Gautam Budh Nagar.
According to the study, the water level in Sector 62A was recorded at 21.15 metres in August 2012. It fell to 23.62 metres in August 2013. In Sector 72, it was 19.31 metres in 2012 but, within a year, fell to 21.42 metres while in sector 92, it was 9.46 metres in 2012 and fell to 9.86 metres in 2013. The 2013 data is the latest data revealed by the CGWB. The report further states that 4,52,40,000 kilo litres of water are drawn out of the ground in excess every year in Noida.
“We are lodging a formal complaint with the UP government for urgent action on the basis of this study. It shows that Noida could be on the brink of a water crisis,” environmentalist Vikrant Tongad said. “There are 330 ongoing builder projects in Noida and Greater Noida area. We have been insisting that a close scrutiny be made of how they are sourcing their water,” Tongad said.
According to an order by the National Green Tribunal, the usage of groundwater for any construction work is prohibited in NCR. The Noida Authority supplies treated water to all builders at a cheap rate for the purpose of construction.
“The fall in groundwater is becoming alarming because of insufficient recharge. There is a need for caution and awareness,” Tongad said.