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Weathered zone, Chandrabhaga watershed
Credit: J. Kumar
The National Project on Aquifer Management is a flagship programme of the Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India, for mapping and managing aquifer systems in India. The objective is to identify and map aquifers at the micro level, to quantify the available groundwater resources, and to propose plans appropriate to the scale of demand and aquifer characteristics, and institutional arrangements for participatory management. The project involves central and state agencies, researchers, and the local people.
To establish a methodology for the National Project on Aquifer Management, the Central Ground Water Board has undertaken a pilot study of 6 areas in different hydrogeological terrains. The methodology integrates multiple disciplines and scientific approaches, including remote sensing, hydrogeology, geophysics, hydrochemistry, drilling, groundwater modeling, and management approaches.
The pilot areas are in:
Alluvial plains of Ganga basin in Bihar,
Complex crystalline rocks of Karnataka,
Basaltic traps underlain by thick Gondwana sediments in Maharashtra,
Moderately thick alluvium overlying hard rocks of Rajasthan,
Desert of Rajasthan, and
Coastal sediments of Tamil Nadu.