As per some latest data collected by National Hydrograph stations operating under the Central Groundwater Board, the groundwater level of Rajasthan in some desert districts has gone up. The information collected by the body is for the period January 2017-January 2018.
The department has revealed that the rise in groundwater level is scattered for south east to south central along with north-western, western, and west-central parts of the state. However, the level has also declined in many parts of the state. water level Rises in Rajasthan
Overall, there are 93 wells in all districts across the state out of which 34.4% stations witnessed a rise in the groundwater level but at 65.5% stations, the water level went down. Talking about the districts where groundwater level went up over 2 metres, these include Pali, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Baran, Ganganagar, and Barmer. water level Rises in Rajasthan
water level Rises in Rajasthan
Moving on to the districts in the southern parts of Rajasthan, the depletion of water level has been found to be the highest. These districts are Banswara, Dungarpur, Udaipur, and Pratap Nagar.
However, as per the decadal average recorded from January 2008 to January 2018, the water level has seen an improvement but it has been gradual. Even though the water level has gone down in 58.8% stations, there has been an improvement in the groundwater level in 45.8% stations.
Talking about 11.33% stations where the water level went up over 4 metres, these include Pali, Chittorgarh, Jalore, Bhilwara, Ajmer, Jhalawar, Rajsamand, and Sirohi.
Apart from the districts that have seen a rise and a decline in the water level, there are some districts that are facing a serious water crisis. Out of 249 blocks in the state, 34 have been already declared as ‘notified areas’ for the control and regulation of water.
Out of these, 7 blocks belong to Jaipur. These are Johtwara, Sambher, Govindgarh, Shahpura, Amer, Bassi, and Sanganer. In all these blocks, the groundwater can be drawn only to fulfill the purpose of drinking water. However, for other purposes, a special permission needs to be obtained from the concerned district collector.