Water in 1,186 blocks 'over-exploited': Govt tells LS

Ground water levels in various parts of the country are declining because of continuous withdrawal and 1,186 blocks have been categorised as 'over- exploited', Lok Sabha was informed on Thursday.

Union minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat also said as announced in the Union Budget, it has been envisaged to ensure piped water supply to all rural households by 2024 under the Jal Jeevan Mission.

"Ground water levels in various parts of the country are declining because of continuous withdrawal due to reasons such as increased demand of fresh water for various uses, vagaries of rainfall, increased population, industrialisation and urbanisation etc," he said during Question Hour.

Shekhawat said the Central Ground Water Board is periodically monitoring ground water levels throughout the country on a regional scale, through a network of monitoring wells.

The minister said the dynamic ground water resources of the country are being periodically assessed jointly by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) and state governments.

"As per the 2017 assessment, out of the total 6,881 assessment units (Block/ Taluks/ Mandals/ watersheds/ Firkas) in the Country, 1,186 units in 17 states and union territories have been categorised as 'over-exploited' where current annual ground water extraction is more than annual extractable ground water resource," he said.