Hyderabad, Jun 25: Telangana Water Resources Development Corporation Chairman V Prakash Rao on Tuesday claimed that only Brazil, China and Telangana will not face water scarcity by 2050.
Speaking at the seminar on Sustainable Water Resources Management to meet Hyderabad City demands organized by The Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FTCCI) here, Mr Rao said that India was facing the worst water crisis in its history and 21 Indian cities will run out of groundwater by 2020, a new report from the NITI Aayog – a government think tank – said, highlighting the need for “urgent and improved” management of water resources.
With nearly 600 million Indians facing high-to-extreme water stress – where more than 40 percent of the annually available surface water is used every year – and about 200,000 people dying every year due to inadequate access to safe water, the situation is likely to worsen as the demand for water will exceed the supply by 2050, he said and added that India is ranked 120 among 122 countries which is in need of water resources and sources.
“ We are constantly creating greater awareness on preserving and conserving water in the state as water is not equitable distributed . With more population Indian and China has access to just 4% and 6% while Brazil with less population has access to 19% of world clean water . There is an urgent need to redesign our lakes bunds in response to global warming and rain pattern ” Mr Rao said.
Interesting insights were shared by M Veeranna former Southern Regional Director, CGWB. This was followed by insightful technical sessions amd participated by Dr M Sataynaraana ED HMWS&SB on surface water resources availability in the city of Hyderabad, Dr D Subba Rao – Regional Director Central Ground Water Board on Ground Water supply position and present situation, Dr. Solomon Raj- Project Coordinator SACI Water on surface water bodies and lakes. (UNI)