Bundelkhand’s dry run may end with groundwater

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Lucknow -The state’s department of science and technology (DST), under the Centre’s Rajiv Gandhi Drinking Water Mission (RGDWM), has mapped groundwater points in Bundelkhand and Vindhyanchal.

In the two-year exercise, the department has found 700 points where groundwater is in abundance. With these mapping data, the department of rural development will be digging these sites for providing water.

Director (remote sensing at DST), Jitendra Mishra, said the exercise was undertaken as part of drought-relief measures initiated by the Centre.

“The Centre had asked us to find groundwater sources. Through satellite imaging and Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping, we have been able to find 700 points in 9 districts including Jhansi, Jalaun, Lalitpur, Mahoba, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot, Banda, Mirzapur and Sonebhadra. Incidentally, all these points are unexploited. We even did a geophysical survey to ensure the data is accurate. Now with satellite imaging, we have pasted the village map on the groundwater map and have a list of points according to the different villages and tehsils,” Mishra said.

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