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Emerging Ground Water Crisis in Urban Areas – A Case Study of Ward No. 39, Bangalore City – isec

Emerging Ground Water Crisis in Urban Areas – A Case Study of Ward No. 39, Bangalore City

Abstract

Ground water levels are fast depleting in urban areas due to overdraft. It is an alternate source to limited surface water supplies. This paper provides count on tubewells estimating dependence, draft, cost-dynamics and depletion in Ward No. 39 of Bangalore city Corporation. Survey to document every tubewell was conducted supported with focus group discussions. Striking realities indicate 873 tubewells within a small area of 2.9 Sq. Km, an investment of 3.55 crores, the depletion levels dwindling from 90 feet in 1970’s to 500 feet at present.

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