India is close to being reinstated as a “water scarce” country, reveals Indian Union Water Resources Minister, Uma Bharti, at the World Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi on Friday.
As per the reports by NDTV India; the Union Minister has stated that the ever-increasing demand and the extreme shortage of water, as well as over-development of rivers is causing the country to go scarce on water.
“The holy rivers of India are getting exhausted of their natural ability to sustain themselves due to pollution from various sources,” states Ms. Bharti.
She further stated; “The per capital water availability in India has been on continuous decline which has put our country in water stressed category and is close to being categorized as water scarce. The vagaries of climate change are expected to exacerbate the situation.”
The Indian Centre has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Union (EU) on water resources development and management.