November 16, 2009

Punjab Heading Towards Desertification-Excessive Pumping of Ground Water

" Hindustan Times" carried a front page report warning of desertification threat looming over Punjab. By the year 2025 one third of Punjab can become dry. Urbanisation and excessive use of ground water are main culprits.

Earlier also experts has been warning agaist the plunder of Punjab's water, In fact after rice started to be grown in Punjab ( replacing less water consuming crops like ground nut ) water table has been falling drastically.

The biggest irony is that the Govt. is subsidising this " desertification " by providing free electricity to farmers. It is an open secret that agriculturists are using booster machines of much more than the permitted horse power.

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