Indian Water crisis: Hyderabad may run dry in 3 years

December 19, 2012 4:48 PM |

It was poised as India’s Silicon Valley city with swanky offices of multinationals donning the skyline of the city. However a revelation by the scientists at the premier National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) have shook the city authorities with an impact more than an earthquake.  As per the scientists the ground water declining in Hyderabad at a major rapid space that may result in the city taps running dry in next 3 years.

Despite a very good monsoon in 2011, the current water levels in few parts of Hyderabad including Sanjeevareddy Nagar and Maredpally were at a depth of just about 18 metres. The situation is equally bad in other observatory zones set up by the scientists.

Apart from remorseless waste of available water both by industries and common men, scientists also hold the town planning a major reason for drying up of water tables resulting water crisis. In the concrete jungle of India there is little unpaved area these days, hence it becomes very difficult for rain water to seep into the ground. In an ideal condition where 16% of rain water converts into ground water, scientists noticed a drop by 50 percent of the phenomenon happening in case of Hyderabad. That explains the city being in such crisis condition despite having decent annual rainfall. Also in the last few years concrete jungles have come up at the cost of precious water bodies in the state. Only 300 lakes in the city remain today that once boasts of 900 lakes in the 60s.

Hyderabad is the capital city for the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. The 65 sq. mtr area city is situated on the bank of Musi River and on Deccan Plateau in Southern part of the country. With a population of 6.8 million people the city is poised to be one of the major cosmopolitan in the country. The water crisis in the city will create a migrating population to the other metros in India including Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai – all of whom are already struggling with their depleting water tables.

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