With Chennai receiving copious amounts of rainfall ever since the monsoon began, groundwater levels have again seen an improvement compared to November.
In Hyderabad, the groundwater level was 4.60 mbgl in December 2020, better than December 2019, when it was 7.04 mbgl.
Thiru-vi-ka Nagar zone saw the highest increase in groundwater table (2.66m). While groundwater was available at a depth of 5.22m in October, it now can be found at a depth of 2.56m.
Today, he has a team of over 150 people who choose spots across the state which need plantation or water conservation.
Chennai Metro Water is setting up rain gauges in its 15 area offices covering 426 sq km. Similarly, it is also installing digital water level recorders in 200 observation wells in the city.
The environment ministry has raised concerns over relaxations given to industries in usage of groundwater and not having strict norms to check its pollution.
TGWD Director Dr Pandith Madhnure said that the State could benefit from the development and take up groundwater conservation.
A project, launched in the 1990s to rejuvenate water channels and river drains to augment the groundwater table, has been replicated with technological backing and with villagers’ support.
The notification came following a directive from the National Green Tribunal after a petition was filed by Rajendra Tyagi and Friends (NGO) to make water wastage and misuse a punishable offence
The wastage of water is taking place in many ways such as overflowing of overhead tanks in residential and commercial areas, the plea said.
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As the water table is depleting in the state, innovative measures are being employed to save the farmer and preserve the soil’s productivity.
Tamil Nadu to have adequate water till monsoon as groundwater levels improve, Chennai makes exception
The TWAD board, which monitors groundwater levels through 1,286 observation wells across the state, except Chennai, has found that the level rose to 14 metres.
The ministry has submitted directions in this regard for approval to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) following a case related to containing wastage of ground water.
The minimal commercial and industrial activity during the lockdown has resulted in an improvement in groundwater levels in Chennai.