Karnataka’s Water Policy to Bring Respite For Agriculture

The State Cabinet recently approved the Karnataka Water Policy 2022 for the effective management of water resources. The policy states that water management is not a techno-managerial process as water has multiple uses and stakeholders.

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Karnataka’s Water Policy To Bring Respite For Agriculture

Karnataka is the most water-stressed state in India with agriculture amounting for about 84% of water consumption. The state has suffered more than 15 droughts in the last two decades and with depleting groundwater, things seem to be way more challenging for the state. The State Cabinet recently approved the Karnataka Water Policy 2022 for the effective management of water resources. The policy states that water management is not a techno-managerial process as water has multiple uses and stakeholders.

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Currently, groundwater is the dominant form of irrigation in the state with 52 talukas across 15 districts have already exploited the resource.  Of the total water usage, approximately 26% is from groundwater. The state has two main river systems; Krishna and its tributaries in the north and Cauvery and its tributaries in the South.

The policy promises to tackle challenges ahead by proposing penalties for the unwise use of water and restricting groundwater extraction. Further, it optimizes the use of state’s limited water resources and provides directions for limited use of water. The policy states, ”the climate change studies of Karnataka have indicated that there is a long-term warming trend and negative trend in rainfall and the area affected by drought will increase”.

Amid the concerns of groundwater, the policy advocates Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), whose approach is to be adopted for improve water availability, water resources, and environmental conditions.

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Karnataka’s Water Policy to Bring Respite For Agriculture
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The State Cabinet recently approved the Karnataka Water Policy 2022 for the effective management of water resources. The policy states that water management is not a techno-managerial process as water has multiple uses and stakeholders.
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THE POLICY TIMES
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