Mapping of Groundwater
Central Ground Water Board under the Ministry of Water Resources has taken up pilot projects on aquifer mapping during the Twelfth Plan, which will lead to more accurate assessment of ground water resources, defining aquifer geometry and potential including water quality. Aquifer mapping will provide better insight for ground water management. However, it has not been linked to water pricing by the primary or any category of water user/ stakeholders.
Pilot projects on aquifer mapping have been taken up in parts of five States namely Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. Based on the outcome of these projects, successful techniques will be replicated in other areas of the country.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Water Resources & Minority Affairs Shri Vincent H. Pala in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.