Between 2004 and 2009,there has been a significant rise in the number of blocks in UP where groundwater has been over-exploited. The number jumped from 37 to 76 blocks. In another 32 blocks,groundwater resource is in a critical condition and in 107,it is in a semi critical condition. In the 605 blocks,the situation is safe,according to the latest data available with Ground Water Department,UP.
Compared to 2009,the situation is almost 20 per cent worse now, said S K Dwivedi,Director of Groundwater Department.
Un,Shamli and Kandhla blocks of Prabuddhanagar are the worst offenders with the percentage of groundwater being extracted at 334,323 and 230 per cent,respectively. Others include Nakur and Gangoh blocks (Saharanpur) at 260 and 228 per cent,Akola (Agra) with 179 per cent,Sirkoni (Jaunpur) with 156 per cent. Whenever the percentage of groundwater extraction goes beyond 100,it is referred to as over exploitation.