‘These’ six cities may face a water crisis in the near future. Click to know more

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Water scarcity looms large over six major Indian cities, signaling a pressing nationwide crisis that demands urgent attention from policymakers and residents alike. Here’s a glimpse into the challenges faced by these urban centers:

1. Mumbai: Increasing water demand, erratic rainfall patterns, and inadequate infrastructure exacerbate the water crisis in India’s financial capital, leading to frequent water cuts by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

2. Jaipur: Rapid urbanization and reliance on groundwater have depleted aquifers, rendering the city vulnerable to severe water shortages despite its historical reliance on the Ramgarh Dam.

3. Bathinda: Agricultural overexploitation and inefficient water usage practices have led to significant groundwater depletion, amplifying water scarcity issues in this region.

4. Lucknow: Groundwater extraction, equivalent to one-third of the Bhakra Nangal dam’s capacity annually, coupled with erratic rainfall and urbanization, poses a looming threat of water scarcity in the city.

5. Chennai: Despite receiving substantial annual rainfall, Chennai faced a dire water crisis in 2019, highlighting the city’s vulnerability to extreme weather events and rapid urbanization.

6. Delhi: Acute water scarcity plagues parts of Delhi every summer, driven by contamination of the Yamuna River and groundwater depletion. Addressing groundwater depletion and water quality are crucial for mitigating the city’s water woes.

The impending water crisis underscores the urgent need for sustainable water management practices, infrastructure development, and community engagement to ensure water security for these cities and their residents.

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