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Water quality in over 84,000 habitations affected

PUNE: Ministry of drinking water and sanitationhas intimated that as per the information entered by the states on the online Integrated Management Information System (IMIS) of the ministry, out of 16.90 lakh rural habitations in the country, there are about 84,294 habitations which are quality affected i.e affected by some form of chemical or bacteriological contamination in their drinking water sources. 

The rural population affected due to contaminated water in these habitations is about 4.64 crore. Allocation is earmarked for those states facing problems of chemical contamination in drinking water. 

Meanwhile the cabinet committee on economic affairs today gave its approval for continuing the scheme of groundwater management and regulation with new components of aquifer mapping and participatory groundwater management by the 
Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR). The scheme involves an expenditure of Rs. 3,319 crore during the XII Plan period. The scheme will be implemented in parts of 28 states and 7 Union Territories (including NCT of Delhi) of the country covering 8.89 lakh sq km area during the XII Plan period. The remaining mapable area of 14.36 lakh sq km will be taken up in the XIII Plan period. 

Aquifer Management Plans will be formulated, quantifying water availability and 
water quality in various aquifers for facilitating sustainable management of ground water resources through the participatory management approach. 

 

Times of India (31-08-2013)