India’s ambitious plan to harness indigenous water resources for industrial purposes is “unprecedented” and could “transform the way we live and work”, according to a report released on Wednesday.
Indigenous water has long been used for irrigation, and India’s water agencies are now in the process of developing a “sustainable water management plan” that will “improve and optimize water resources across the country”.
“The water resources of our country are a critical resource and they must be managed in a way that benefits the entire population,” said Amitabh Bachchan, India’s chief minister.
“But in a country where nearly 70% of our population lives on less than five litres of water per day, it is a difficult balance to strike.”
The report, titled “Indigenous Water for Development and Production: The Case of India’s Water Resources”, said India’s “national water plan” is already “in the process” of being implemented, but it will take a long time before the country becomes a fully-fledged water-dependent society.
“It is crucial that India be able to sustain its water security and develop its water resources in a sustainable manner,” the report said.
“The government must take steps to ensure that the government’s water resources are being used to sustain and advance the country’s development.””
The water resource plan would be implemented by 2021, and will “support water security in the country”, the report added.”
The government must take steps to ensure that the government’s water resources are being used to sustain and advance the country’s development.”
The water resource plan would be implemented by 2021, and will “support water security in the country”, the report added.
It comes as India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Monday that the country is on track to become a water-rich country by 2050, and to achieve this by “developing a water policy that is sustainable and equitable”.
“Achieving the national goals of water resources will be an important task for India,” Mr Modi said, in remarks that came just days after India launched a pilot project to capture and store groundwater from the Brahmaputra River.
India’s water crisisIndia is facing a water crisis.
A report published last year by the United Nations found that half of the world’s population is not water-sufficient, and that in many parts of the globe, the water supply is being depleted at an alarming rate.
India currently consumes around 80% of the planet’s water, according to the United Nation.
The country’s population of about 6.5 billion is more than double that of the United States, and about 20% of global food production.