4,48,760 sq km area for Artificial Recharge to Ground Water

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New Delhi, Sep 17 (UNI) An area of 4,48,760 sq km has been identified for Artificial Recharge to Ground Water out of the total geographical area of 32,87,263 sq km of the country.

The total quantity of surplus monsoon run-off to be recharged has been estimated as 36.4 bcm through construction of 39 lakh artificial recharge and water harvesting structures.

According to an official release issued here today, in order to augment the depleting ground water resources, it is essential that the surplus monsoon run-off that flows into the sea is conserved and recharged to augment ground water resources.

The Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) has prepared a concept report on 'Master Plan for Artificial Recharge to Ground Water,' which aims at providing the area-specific artificial recharge techniques to augment the ground water reservoir to accommodate it.

The Board has prepared and circulated manuals and guides on artificial recharge to ground water, which provide guidelines on investigation techniques for selections of sites, planning and design of artificial recharge structures, economic evaluation and monitoring of recharge facility, the release added.

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