Lucknow, May 4: Uttar Pradesh, which is going through an acute power crisis, is faced with yet another major problem-the ground water table in most of the places is going down to alarmingly low levels.
The State Ground Water Department (SGWD) has already sounded a SOS to stop the over-exploitation of the ground water for agriculture purposes in view of the drinking water scarcity looming large in the state.
Out of 820 development blocks in 70 districts of the state, the ground water level in over 450 blocks has been found to be in the category of the seriously affected, the scenarion giving sleepness nights to the state authorities, the SGWD officials told UNI here.
The ground water level in as many as 140 blocks was 'really' a cause of worry, the officials said. Of these in 100 blocks, the ground water level is in the state of either 'critical' or 'semi-critical'.
UP government, however, knows this alarming situation and has prepared an action plan to deal with it specially when the mercury is rising, the power supply is perpetually erratic and the prospects of the Monsoon are not encouraging either.
The ground water siatution is worse in the Western part of the state where 70 per cent of the ground water had already been exploited and the indiscreet use of water pumps and other mechanism had left little scope for the drinking water resources.
Though, the network of canals is existent in the region and other areas as well but the over dependence on the ground water sources has depleted the ground water table to an absymally low level.