Chennai racing towards zero groundwater level: Report

Chennai: As per the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) report released by the Niti Aayog, 21 major cities including Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi were racing to reach zero groundwater levels, affecting access for 100 million people.

Twelve per cent of India’s population is already said to be living the ‘Day Zero’ scenario, thanks to excessive groundwater pumping, an inefficient and wasteful water management system and years of deficient rains.

As alarming as these numbers sound, there cannot be an immediate solution to a manmade disaster developed over centuries. It will require drastic measures that must be monitored and audited to find any long-term solution.

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NT Bureau