If we don’t conserve water
Rs 83,000 cr investment in water sector : EEA
Despite severe water crisis later, the European Environment Agency made clear in its survey that nearly Rs 83,000 crore would be invested in the water sector in 10 years generating 10 lakh jobs in its wake. Besides, in another three years Rs 18,000 crore worth investment was expected by the water industry, according to estimates. It also stated that infrastructure would be developed on a large-scale in the water supply, waste water management etc. The government also decided to raise the funds allotment to face the water crisis. Waste water re-cycling and industrial water treatment market would also be strengthened keeping in view the demand for water supply.
With design and engineering centres constructed by over 12 MNCs in Mumbai and Pune, the EA estimated that Maharashtra would become a water sector hub. And over 1200 companies were dealing with water, waste water treatment field. Plans are afoot to build centralised waste treatment and re-cycling plants in Mumbai and Pune. Pune and Nasik would be developed as manufacturing hubs of instruments related to water sector. EA report says that to some extent water scarcity would be cut down by Ganga cleansing project and Swachch Bharat schemes. EA water body made a study on availability of water in India and stated that in 10 years consumption would go up in domestic and industrial sectors. In the light of 70 percent use of ground water for irrigation and 80 percent for other requirements the ground water table would vanish in another 10 years. And experts also warned that by 2025 India would change as a water scarcity country. Surveys also revealed that the demand supply gap would increase and it would result in severe scarcity of water. Experts also prophesied that water scarcity would lead to battles and that is not very far it is said.