GOA: The process for re-estimating Goa’s ground water commenced as on March 2020, new regulations on groundwater governance are also on the anvil for the state based on the July 2020 order of the National Green Tribunal. In its order, the NGT has specifically banned “general permission for withdrawal of groundwater”, especially to commercial entities, without an environment impact assessment.
The central ground water board in its report last year had stated that the overall groundwater availability scenario in Goa remains safe, but a ‘negligible to moderate’ fall in water level was recorded during the premonsoon season. The board report showed that groundwater consumption has gone up in Goa.
This report was, however, based on groundwater re-estimation up to March 2017. Now, a more recent review of the groundwater situation in Goa is being carried out. Increase in population, tourism and commercial activities is a concern. The central board’s report had agreed that the loss due to the natural discharge is 40% for Goa as against the recommended figure of 5%. This was because in case of Goa the terrain is highly undulating and laterite formations are highly porous.
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