The new plan to solve India’s water crisis
The government’s urgent water conservation push faces its first test by end-September. Will it deliver?
The failure to preserve natural aquifers and catchments is most evident in the rate of groundwater depletion, which is the only fallback
NEW DELHI : As men streak past on bicycles and motorbikes en route to work every morning in the busy, narrow lanes of south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar, 45-year-old Poonam Kumar steps out, bucket in hand. Her day usually begins in a huddle of 20-odd people, all waiting for a Delhi Jal Board water tanker. “On most days, we get just two buckets of water (about 20-25 litres)," she says. In the blistering Delhi heat, that’s supposed to sustain a family of four. And this tanker comes only three times a week.