Rajasthan Groundwater High On Fluoride, Nitrate Contents
Rajasthan has the highest number of habitations in India where the groundwater is contaminated by fluoride, a senior official has said.
Of the 13,492 habitations affected by fluoride in the country, Rajasthan had 6,695, Principal Secretary in the Public Health Engineering and Ground Water Department Rajat Kumar Mishra said. His department was making efforts to provide safe drinking water to people in the affected area, Mishra said. The areas where the groundwater has high presence of fluoride include those in Jodhpur, Nagaur, Jaisalmer, Barmer and Bhilwara.
Mishra said that the situation of salinity in groundwater in the state was also as grim. Of the 14,317 habitations in India affected by high salinity in groundwater, 12,800 or 89.40 per cent were in Rajasthan, the officer said.
The state also accounts for 57.72 per cent or 1,143 of the 1,980 habitations in the country where the groundwater contains high nitrate content. Mishra said that the state government was committed to deal with the issues.
The state would set up 1,964 RO (reverse osmosis) water purification plants, 970 solar water units to tackle the situation, he said. Works under the Mukhyamantri Jal Swavlamban Yojna (MJSY) will also be carried out to improve the situation.
With inputs from Housing News