Despite constructing a number of systems to recharge the groundwater and spending crores of rupees, the water level in about half of the wells across the state has gone down.
The government had analysed 830 wells across the state for their level of water and found that the level of 402 wells has gone down.
This has been revealed by pre-monsoon report of National Commission of Integrated Water Resources Development which compared the level of these wells with decadal mean of pre-monsoon from 2003 to 2012. The report has once again highlighted the alarming level of groundwater in the state.
Experts attribute this to over exploitation of ground water.
“There is 228% of over exploitation of groundwater in the state,” said MS Rathore, a noted water expert and director of the Centre for Environment and Development Study.
The data of the Central Groundwater Authority reveals that in the state, capital Jaipur city recharges less than half of the groundwater it withdraws from the reserves even though there is a widespread awareness and various government norms to conserve groundwater.
“The 1,50,000 hectare metre groundwater was withdrawn from the reserves in 2012 in the state, but only 80,000 hectare metre was recharged from various sources in city,” informed sources in the Central Groundwater Authority.
“However, the heavy monsoon rains may surely add to reduce the speed of depleting groundwater resources. The monsoon will improve the situation in the state,” added Rathore.
However the speed of recharge is very less as compared to the withdrawal and only community development apart from strict government action will help in saving ground water.