Monday, June 25, 2018

Water problems

The NITI Aayog released the results of a study warning that India is facing its ‘worst’ water crisis in history and that demand for potable water will outstrip supply by 2030 if steps are not taken. Nearly 600 million Indians faced high to extreme water stress and about 2,00,000 people died every year due to inadequate access to safe water. Twenty-one cities, including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad will run out of groundwater by 2020, affecting 100 million people, the study noted. If matters are to continue, there will be a 6% loss in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2050, the report says.” from 

Himanshu Thakkar’s article on the index Muddying the waters 
Rahul Banerjee’s comments on his wall:
"Nicely written article by Himanshu Thakkar on the recently published Water Management Index Report of the Niti Aayog. Apart from the several important points raised by him, I would like to add a few points myself.
1. In the table on the quality of the data collected for the assessment, the report clearly says that most states do not have data regarding such crucial and heavily weighted parameters as groundwater recharging and for thosestates that do have this data it is unreliable. Under the circumstances the reliability of the index is highly questionable.
2. Moreover, since the report has acknowledged that there is severe water stress, it should have calculated a water stress index for each district as the data is available for such an exercise and is independent of the states' own reporting and so more reliable.
The proof of the pudding of water management is in the dishing 
and a water stress index would better show how naked the emperor is."

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