The government has today launched Jaldoot app which will help in tackling the problem of depleting groundwater level across the country. Its purpose is to find out the falling water level in the villages of the country, so that the water problem can be solved.
The app has been jointly developed by the Ministry of Rural Development in association with the Ministry of Panchayati Raj to track the water level of selected wells in rural areas of the country. This app will collect accurate data of groundwater level in rural areas. With the help of these data, the government will work to improve the groundwater level. Along with this, it will use these data to smoothly implement many schemes going on in rural areas.
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The government has informed that with the help of this app, manual monitoring of the water level of selected wells in rural areas will be done. Their water level will be measured twice a year. First, the water level will be measured in the pre-monsoon season between May 1 and 31, then the water level of the same well will be measured again after the monsoon between October 1 and 31, so that the changes in the water level can be detected.
What are the advantages of this Jaldoot app?
Not only this, a Jaldoot who will be the official appointed to measure the water level will upload geo-tagged pictures of the well through the app on every occasion of measurement. It is learned that this mobile app will work in both online and offline mode.
Means even if there is no internet connectivity, the water level can be captured with its help and the captured date will be stored in the mobile. Whenever the mobile comes within the internet connectivity area, the data will be shared with the central server.
The regular data inputted by Jaldoot will be linked with the National Water Informatics Centre (NWIC) database, which can be used for analysis and display of reports. The reports of this measured water level will also be available on the Jaldoot web portal.
Addressing the gathering at this app launch event, Union Minister of State for Rural Development and Steel, Faggan Singh Kulaste informed that despite all the efforts, the groundwater level is depleting in different parts of the country. In such a situation, this app will provide the facility to measure the water level across the country and its data can be used in Gram Panchayat Development Plan and Mahatma Gandhi NREGA schemes.
If seen, the water table has fallen severely in many parts of the country, due to which farmers in rural areas are facing a lot of trouble. At the same time, the ” World Water Development Report 2022 “ released by the United Nations has revealed that India is also included in the top 10 countries with the highest extraction of groundwater.
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The groundwater level is falling rapidly in the country
It has been learned that about 251 cubic km of groundwater is being extracted every year in India, while this figure is 111.7 cubic km per year in America, 112 cubic km per year in China, and 64.8 cubic km per year in Pakistan. If seen, the biggest problem with India is that despite the highest use of groundwater here, its recharge is not being taken care of, due to which the groundwater level in the country is continuously falling.
Quoting the report “ Dynamic Ground Water Resources of India, 2020 ” published by the Central Ground Water Commission in June 2021, it has been found that the total annual groundwater recharge in the country was 436.15 billion cubic meters (BCM), while the annual groundwater withdrawal, on the other hand, increased to 244.92 BCM. has occurred. It means that about 62 percent of the water that is being absorbed by the land has been taken back from the land.
Not only this, this figure is also increasing continuously. At the same time, the biggest concern for the country is that in a large part of North India, this share of groundwater exploitation has exceeded 100 percent. In such a situation, continuous monitoring is very important for its falling level, so that its falling level can be stopped.
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Publish On: sep 27, 2022