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Atal Bhujal Yojana : India's Groundwater Problem and Scope of Yojana



India's Groundwater Problem and Scope of Atal Bhujal Yojana

According to a study almost 80% of the domestic water supplies(both rural and urban) rely on groundwater and according to a report of

WorldBank India helds 25% of the groundwater abstraction due to its increasing number of dark zones.

Dark zones are thoseareas where groundwater consumption is overexploited and here the rate of annual consumption is more than the annual rate of

recharge of groundwater.

Scope of Atal Bhujal Yojana

This scheme addresses our critical issues related to sustainable groundwater management.

1)Institutional framework specific to state for sustainable groundwater management.

2)Enhancement of groundwater recharge.

3)Strengthen the institutions based on communities to foster groundwater management.

4)Improvement of water use efficiency.

Construction of dams and new large scale irrigation systems is excluded from this Yojana.

In short,activities that are likely to have significant adverse impacts on the environment are excluded and not being financed under this Yojana.


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