Gandhinagar, 12 February 2021
People are forced to drink arsenic-toxic water. In Gujarat, 24 percent or 1.65 crore people are using poisonous arsenic water. IIT Kharagpur has conducted a study based on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Groundwater enters the body through irrigated fields, cooked vegetables, cooking, drinking water.
Arsenic has been found in 24% of Gujarat’s groundwater. Arsenic is highly toxic in inorganic form, causing cancer, skin and other diseases. When it reaches the body by drinking water and eating for a long time. Organic exposure in the body to inorganic form can cause skin cancer and many skin diseases.
Punjab, Bihar 92 per cent, West Bengal 69 per cent, Assam 48 per cent, Haryana 43 per cent, Uttar Pradesh 28 per cent, Gujarat 24 per cent, Madhya Pradesh 9 per cent, Karnataka 8 per cent, Odisha 4 per cent and Maharashtra State 1 per cent arsenic in ground water. Percent
The recently released 2017 report of the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) identifies areas of Gujarat that are under threat.
People of Gujarat use 230 to 250 cubic meters of groundwater every year.
Water was tested at 247 taluka locations in Gujarat. In which groundwater of 56 talukas or places indicates danger. 191 places are considered safe.
Critical- 4 Taluka – Patan, Mehsana – Visnagar, Kutch – Bhuj, Anjar,
Semi-critical – 13 Taluka – Ahmedabad – Cities and Daskroi, Detroj, Rampura, Dholka, Viramgam, Kutch – Khatrana, Porbandar, Sabarkantha – Wadali, Talod, Prantij, Idar, Vadodara
Khara – 13 – Aravali – Dariyapur, Surendranagar – Lakhtar, Patan – Santalpur, Sankeshwar, Sami, Radhanpur, Harij, Morbi – Malia, Kutch – Gandhidham, Banaskatha – Vav, Sugam, Bhabhar, Ahmedabad – Dholera.
Over-exploited – 26 Taluka – Banaskantha – Tharad, Vadgam, Disa, Kankaraj, Dhanera, Lakhani, Deodhar, Gandhinagar – Gandhinagar, Dahgam, Kalol, Mansa, Kutch – Mandvi, Bhachav, Mehsana (entire Mehsana district) – Jotana, Visnagar. Unjha, Santalpur, Baheraji, Mehsana, Kheralu, Kadi, Vijapur, Patan – Patan, Siddhpur, Chansama,
Secure – With the exception of the above talukas, the remaining 191 taluka sites are protected.