India is facing its worst water crisis in history, a Niti Aayog report said today. The report said that currently 600 million Indians face high to extreme water shortage and about two lakh people die every year due to inadequate access to potable water. The water crisis will get worse, as the country’s water demand is projected to be twice the available supply by 2030, the report added. This means that hundreds of million of people may face water scarcity and the country will suffer a loss of up to 6 per cent of the GDP.
The report, titled ‘Composite Water Management Index’ released by Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari, further said twenty-one major cities are expected to run out of groundwater as soon as 2020, affecting 100 million people.
The report cited data by independent agencies, pointing out that the country’s nearly 70 per cent of water is contaminated, which puts India at the 120th position among 122 countries in the water…