Changing geohydrological scenario in the hard rock terrain in India – A national seminar by the Geological Society of India

The national seminar on “Changing geohydrological scenario in the hard rock terrain in India”, was jointly organised by the Geological Society of India, Department of Mines and Geology, Central Ground Water Board, Karnataka Jal Biradari and Karnataka Institute of Cooperative Management. The seminar launched year long Golden Jubilee celebrations of the society, delegated from all over the country attended the seminar and participated in its deliberations.

The overexploitation of groundwater resulted in water quality degradation and it was necessary to critically assess the impact of groundwater development over the last half a century on the overall geohydrological situation in the country. The deliberations of the seminar were spread over two days: the first day was mainly devoted to the address by leaders of water management and the second day to the presentation of technical papers.

The recommendations of the seminar highlight the issues of harmonious development, conservation and augmentation of groundwater; science and technology inputs in groundwater management, rainwater harvesting, conjunctive use, village level interdisciplinary surveys merging science with indigenous knowledge, equity and sustainability of the resource and community participation. The seminar successfully brought leaders of NGOs, and water managers at grass root level face to face with scientists, technologists, economists in iterative sessions on how modern science and technology can address the needs and aspiration of the people for mitigation of water crisis.

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