UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 644 ANSWERED ON: 13.12.2018 Aquifer Mapping POONAM MAHAJAN Will the Minister of WATER RESOURCES, RIVER DEVELOPMENT AND GANAGA REJUVENATION be pleased to state:-
(a) whether the Government has initiated the National Aquifer Management Programme and if so, the salient features thereof; (b) the total area selected for aquifer mapping, State-wise; (c) the quantum of funds allocated for the implementation of the programme since its inception, year-wise; (d) the timeframe fixed by which aquifer mapping and management plans are expected to be completed; and (e) the steps taken by the Government to accelerate the pace of implementation of the said Programme?
ANSWER THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR WATER RESOURCES, RIVER DEVELOPMENT AND GANGA REJUVENATION & PARLIAMENTARY FFAIRS (SHRI ARJUN RAM MEGHWAL)
(a) to (e) Yes, the National Aquifer Mapping and Management Programme (NAQUIM) was initiated in 2012 as a part of the Ground Water Management and Regulation Scheme. Salient features of the programme include delineation and characterization of the aquifers and preparation of plans for ground water management.
Total area identified for aquifer mapping is 24.85 lakh km2. State-wise and UT-wise break up of area identified is given in Annexure.
Aquifer Mapping is the major component of the Ground Water Management & Regulation Scheme (GWM&R scheme). The quantum of funds allocated under GWM&R scheme since inception of the Aquifer Mapping programme in the year 2012-13 is as under:Contd…P/2 //2// Name of Scheme Allocations in different years (Figures are for Revised Estimates (RE) for the years 2012-13 to 2017-18 and for Budgetary Estimate (BE) for the year 2018-19) Rs in Crore Ground Water Management and Regulation 2012-13 ( RE) 2013-14 ( RE) 2014-15 ( RE) 2015-16 ( RE) 2016-17 ( RE) 2017-18 ( RE) 2018-19 180.00 140.00 143.00 164.02 115.00 275.00 450.00
Areas to be covered under the programme have been prioritized based on extent of ground water stress, ground water quality and other related issues. Out of the total identified mappable area of nearly 25 lakh km2, an area of nearly 13 lakh km2 is targeted to be covered by the year 2020.
To accelerate implementation of the programme, activities and yearly targets till 2020 have been firmed up. Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) is making all out efforts for timely completion of the targets. A National Inter-departmental Steering Committee (NISC) has been constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation for steering the programme. Also the progress of the programme is regularly being reviewed at various levels in CGWB and the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
***** ANNEXURE Annexure referred to in reply to parts (a) to (e) of Unstarred Question No. 644 to be answered in Lok Sabha on 13.12.2018 regarding “Aquifer Mapping”State and UT-wise areas (in km2) for which aquifer maps have been identified S.No. State/UT Area for which aquifer maps identified (km2) 1 Andaman and Nicobar Islands 1774 2 Andhra Pradesh 141784 3 Arunachal Pradesh 5461 4 Assam 61644 5 Bihar 90567 6 Chandigarh 114 7 Chhattisgarh 96000 8 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 490 9 Daman & Diu 112 10 Delhi 1483 11 Goa 3702 12 Gujarat 160978 13 Haryana 44179 14 Himachal Pradesh 7660 15 Jammu & Kashmir 10490 16 Jharkhand 65797 17 Karnataka 191808 18 Kerala 28088 19 Lakshadweep 32 20 Madhya Pradesh 265234 21 Maharashtra 256529 22 Manipur 2559 23 Meghalaya 3063 24 Mizoram 700 25 Nagaland 2522 26 Odisha 119636 27 Puducherry 463 28 Punjab 50368 29 Rajasthan 334152 30 Sikkim 1496 31 Tamil Nadu 104552 32 Telangana 104824 33 Tripura 6198 34 Uttar Pradesh 241345 35 Uttarakhand 7811 36 West Bengal 71947 Total 2485562