India’s Water Risk By 2050

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy to undertake aerial survey of Kodagu today- The  New Indian Express

From taps running dry to flooding, cities could face dramatically increased “water risks” unless urgent action is taken to mitigate and adapt to climate change, shows a WWF survey.

According to the scenarios in the WWF [Water Risk Filter], 100 cities that are expected to suffer the biggest rise in water risk by 2050 are home to 350 million people, and nationally and globally important economies. Nearly 50 cities in China, and 30 in India, including Delhi, Jaipur, Indore, Amritsar, Pune, Srinagar, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kozhikode and Visakhapatnam, are such high-risk regions.

Water Vulnerable Megacities in India - Drishti IAS

Cities across India have been facing acute shortage of water due to rapid urbanization, climate change and lack of appropriate infrastructure, which continues to put stress on the existing infrastructure. Over the last few years, cities from Chennai to Shimla, have faced an acute crisis of water supply.

Problems such as lack of rainwater harvesting, which is key for water conservation, have been highlighted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki Baat radio address. He said only 8% of rainwater is saved in India.

“The future of India’s environment lies in its cities. As India rapidly urbanizes, cities will be at the forefront both for India’s growth and for sustainability. For cities to break away from the current vicious loop of flooding and water scarcity, nature-based solutions like restoration of urban watersheds and wetlands could offer solutions. This is our chance to re-evolve and re-imagine what the future of the cities could be,” said Sejal Worah, programme director, WWF India.

India dominates list of 100 world cities with the highest overall water risk  | Deccan Herald

The study said multi-stakeholder engagements and ownership involving local communities will be key to 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.

The survey added that while improving urban water infrastructure and cutting water consumption will help reduce water risks, nature-based solutions including restoring degraded watersheds, reconnecting rivers to their floodplains, and restoring or creating urban wetlands are critical.

“Companies, cities, and investors – even ministries of finance, are finally waking up to the growing water risks facing the economy and the need to take urgent action to reduce their risks and tackle shared water challenges,”. “By harnessing the new scenarios in the Water Risk Filter, companies, cities and investors can better assess, respond and plan for climate and water resilience —helping to reduce water risks to their own operations as well as cities.”

21 thoughts on “India’s Water Risk By 2050

  1. Well, what will be the remedy for such a problems …. City of Bangalore Hyderabad is also in line quickly to face such problems after chennai. Ground water issues can be resolved using Nuclear technology. Recently Cape Town in South africa over come this issue but still a long way to go for the next summer.

    Every one talk about the problems and no one finds solution.

    So your article in continuation must focus on solutions for such issue too . Advise and make awareness to your local governance to chase New Technology from Nuclear scope to find solutions.

    All the best young advocate. Please focus on solutions in part 2 articles. Thank you.

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