Total Utilisable water resources of the country- 1121
Surface Water Resources - 690 BCM
Ground water Resources - 431 BCM ( 38.44%) .
61% - Irrigation
85% - Rural drinking water supply
45% (approx) - Urban water supply.
Overall stage of ground water development -61%( as on 2009)
Out of 5845 assessment units, 803 units are overexploited in the
Ground Water levels are also declining from less than a meter to
4 meter annually in various parts.
Scarce water resources and ever increasing demands underline
The importance of identifying, quantifying and management of groundwater
Offset the problems of over-extraction, contamination
Balance the demand and requirement for various uses.
XII Plan document envisage Paradigm shift from “Ground Water
Development” to “Ground Water Management”.
A comprehensive scheme of Ground Water Management and
Regulation is approved by the Govt of India for XIIth Plan and to be
rolled to XIII Plan
Ground Water Management and
Regulation Scheme Objectives
Aquifer mapping for aquifer disposition in 3- Dimension along with their
characterization on 1:50,000 scale - 8.89 lakh sq.km
Further detailing up to 1:10,000 scale in some of the vulnerable (Over-
exploited, Critical, Semi-critical) areas.
Formulation of Aquifer Management Plan for facilitating sustainable
management of ground water resources at regional and local level through
participatory management approach
Quantify water availability and water quality
Capacity building of functionaries of PRIs, local community and grass root
Up-gradation of technological capabilities and infrastructure of the Central
Ground Water Board (CGWB) to align with proposed aquifer mapping and
participatory management of groundwater approach.
Regulate and control ground water development.
Improve accuracy of information by 25 times in terms of scale, hydro-
geological settings and dimensions.
Accurate data of Over-exploited, Critical, Semi-critical units
Long term trend of ground water regime for creation of time series data
base and ground water resource estimation.
Management of aquifers at micro level through participatory approach.
Capacity building in all aspects of ground water development and
Up-gradation of existing infrastructure in line with international
Enable achieving of drinking water security, improved irrigation facility
and sustainability in ground water resources development.
National project on Aquifer Management
Participatory Ground Water Management
Aquifer Mapping Implementation
Prioritization of work for implementing Aquifer Mapping
Coordination with Central agencies for participation in NAQUIM
Coordination with States in implementation of NAQUIM
Implementation Plan of NAQUIM
Prioritization of Areas for
implementing Aquifer Mapping
• Aquifer Mapping Area Details
Total geographical area of the country : 32.88 Lakh Km2
Hilly areas(Excluded) : 2.92 Lakh Km2
Low GW thrust areas (Excluded) : 6.71 Lakh km2
Area identified for aquifer mapping : 23.25 Lakh Km2
Priority areas during XII Five Year Plan : 8.89 Lakh Km2
Target during XIII Five Year Plan : 14.36 Lakh Km2
Based on prioritisation, area being demarcated in each year for
implementation of Aquifer Mapping in 12th Plan.
Water stressed areas identified by Ministry of DW&S included in priority
Bundelkhand area in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh states included in
the priority area as per the advice of Planning Commission.
Aquifer Management Plan
Proof of Concept (PoC) under process for
Preparation of Aquifer Maps
Aquifer Response Modeling
Conceptualization of Aquifer Management Plan to be taken up
based on success stories recognized at
Participatory Ground Water
Community empowerment for sustainable and equitable management
Through Capacity building to manage and monitor the ground water
Participatory program consist of:
Creation of National, State and District level Facilitation Centers.
Organizing multilevel outreach and capacity building programs for
intensive participation of community
Participatory ground water management to make a
significant step in ground water management at grass root
level to enable the community and stake holders to monitor
and manage the ground water as common pool resources
Coordinated efforts for involving government departments,
research institutes, PRIs, civil society organizations and the
stakeholders at the village level
As part of the HIS development in the ground water
domain under Hydrology project , following initiatives
have been taken by CGWB
DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONALIZATION OF
Groundwater Estimation and Management System (GEMS)
for data processing analysis and interpretation
Contributed the map/ text data to Water Information Data
Online Management (WISDOM)
At present GEMS has been extended to all the states .
CGWB is going to Operationalize the eGEMS on web platform
which will enable other stake holders to utilize the facility, with
Multi-aquifer systems in the Alluvial Plains require a different
approach to GW monitoring and modifications in HIS structure.
Necessary arrangements are being made for sustenance of eGEMS
beyond the project period in terms of AMC.
Strengthening of ground water monitoring network has
been incorporated during XII th Plan
Based on aquifer wise ground water management plan
CGWB intends to Develop interactive web based citizen
interface (Aquifer Information and Management