India’s Diminishing Water Wealth
India is facing its gravest water crisis at the moment. A distressed groundwater lifeline, push for large dams, increasing footprint of the urban water sector and climate change are already adding to the existing water woes. If left unchecked, 6% of India’s gross domestic product (GDP) would be lost due to the water crisis by 2050.
It is projected that 21 Indian cities – including the major metro cities of Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad – will run out of groundwater, affecting access to potable water for over 100 million people. The situation is especially worse in rural areas due to high dependency on depleting groundwater for drinking and irrigation purposes.