30 Indian cities at a likely risk of facing acute water shortage: WWF

  • A WWF survey 'Water Risk Filter' released on Monday stated that at least 100 cities globally, that are home to about 350 million people are expected to suffer the biggest rise in water risk by 2050.

  • Of these 100 cities, nearly 50 are of China and 30 Indian cities, which include Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Amritsar, Pune, Srinagar, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kozhikode and Vishakhapatnam. These cities are high risk regions.

  • The study states that unless sincere steps are taken in this direction, these cities face a real threat of either taps running completely dry in a few or massive flooding in others.

  • the study also stated that multi-stakeholder engagements and ownership involving local communities will help in creating and conserving sustainable water infrastructure and rejuvenating urban freshwater systems.

  • It added that urban planning and wetland conservation needs to be integrated to ensure zero loss of freshwater systems in urban areas. Presently, as stated by PM Modi in his Mann Ki Baat address, only 8% of the total rainwater is actually conserved in the country.


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