Bhagalpur Water Crisis: Water level may fall 800 ft by 2030

Bhagalpur Water Crisis: Water level may fall 800 ft by 2030

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Bhagalpur Water Crisis, Due to rapid changes in climate, the situation in Bhagalpur district may become alarming by 2030. Especially the underground water level of Bhagalpur city can go below 800 feet. In the urban landscape, the areas adjacent to CTS of Nathnagar including Sandys Compound, Tilkamanjhi, Kachari Chowk, Ghantaghar, Bhikhanpur, Khalifabagh, Station Chowk, Variety Chowk, Tatarpur are located at higher altitudes. People living in these areas may have to suffer serious consequences of water crisis. At the same time, in the southern region, the water level in areas like Babarganj, Aliganj, Mirjanhat, Habibpur, Shahjangi can be 600 feet on an average. At the same time, in areas like Jagdishpur, Kajraeli, Sabour, Akbarnagar, the groundwater level is expected to be 500 feet. Dr. SN Pandey, former HOD of PG Geography Department of TMBU, said that at present people in the locality adjacent to the river Ganga are paying 400 feet for drinking water. Upto 10 feet boring is being done, whereas in the southern region boring is being done at 300-350 feet. After 1962, the district gazetteer is being prepared again by the district administration. Dr. Pandey said that I have been given the responsibility of reporting the geographical situation of the district in this gazetteer. In this, a detailed report of the height and depth of the land from Nathnagar to Sabour and from Ganga bank to the bypass is being prepared. In this, report of underground water level is also being recorded. He said that people’s opportunistic lifestyle leads to a lot of wastage of clean water. On an average, people drink three to four liters of clean water, whereas per person, more than 100 liters of water is used for toilet, bathing and cleaning.

Colony built on more than 50 ponds

Geographer Prof. Pandey tells that 10 years ago, on the basis of survey and research in ‘Land Use in Rural, Rural and Urban Areas’ based on the geographical location of Bhagalpur district, the Ganga River, Champa River, Chanan, Andhri River adjacent to the city. Many wetlands including Khalkhalia river basin, ponds have been discussed. Especially in the southern region, more than 50 ponds have been filled and colonies have been established on them. Due to this the underground water level has also fallen. Arrangements for recharging underground water have not been made by the government or the common people. Countless trees have been cut in the entire city including the southern area. Due to construction of concrete roads in the entire city, the earth is not able to absorb the rain water. The green city has been transformed into an urban mosaic. The width of river Ganga is shrinking. Partial relief from this crisis can be achieved by storing rain water and water from river Ganga during floods.

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