Depleting underground water: Conversion of Allahabad into jungle of concrete and decreased inexperienced cowl make scenario alarming | Allahabad Information

PRAYAGRAJ: Within the backdrop of the truth that Sangam metropolis is quick reworking right into a jungle of concrete, for some it might be one parameter of improvement however for many who are nervous for the way forward for the town, when it comes to quick depleting underground water availability it’s an alarming time.
The depleting inexperienced cowl of the town has adversely affected the underground water stage of the respective localities, which has sharply declined within the final 25 years.
TOI talked to the previous head of the division of Geography, Allahabad College Prof A R Siddiqui who has undertaken an intensive survey of the declining vegetative cowl of the town, the lower in stage of underground water and on the premise of which he has recognized susceptible areas too together with the depth of the hazard on these areas.
“Allahabad metropolis coated an space of round 70.5 sq. kilometres whereby there have been 1,33, 851 households within the yr 1991 whereas in 2021, the world has elevated to 82 sq. km whereas variety of households at the moment are estimated to be 3,42,334 in 2021. Whereas the projected determine of inhabitants of the town as per grasp Plan 2041 inside PMC restrict is 20,43,735 and the common estimated inhabitants density is 24,923 individuals per sq km throughout the metropolis”, says Prof Siddiqui.
For a layman, estimation of water consumption, for the three,42,334 households of the town and with the household measurement of 6 members on a median, the professional calculates it to be 840 litres of water per day per family. This quantities to 287, 560, 560 litres of water consumption per day.
For his survey, Siddiqui has analysed the info of the underground water stage and vegetative cowl of the town for the yr 1990 and in contrast it with the identical of the yr 2008.
“The forest cowl of the town for these two years clearly exhibits a lower within the vegetative cowl. In virtually all of the wards of the town, particularly that of the localities like Civil Strains, Katra, Rajapur, Allenganj and previous metropolis areas, the scenario is alarming”, mentioned the professional.
Prof Siddqui has additionally in contrast the water desk of all the metropolis for these years and demarcated all the metropolis into completely different susceptible zones, from very low to average and really excessive. Among the many localities which comes underneath the class of very low vulnerability embody an space of 15.83 sq km which is 16.90% of all the metropolis and the localities embody Jahagirabad, Phaphamau, Chakdaundi, Chak Raghunath, Chak Bhatai, Kajipur, Ashoknagar, Rajapur, Nayay Marg.
Likewise, an space of 36.33 Sq km which is 38.79% of the full metropolis space comes underneath low class. The localities embody Teliyer Ganj, Civil strains, Ganganagar, Myorabad, Jhulelalnagar, Jayantipur, Menhdauri, Civil strains, Mumford Ganj, Preetam Nagar, Chak Niratul, Minhajpur, Sarai Garhi, Rajrooppur, Chakiya, Engineering Faculty, Shahganj, Naya Katra, Transport Nagar, Karela Bagh, Dayara Azamal, Narayan Singh Nagar and Harwara, mentioned affiliate professor.
Siddiqui additional mentioned that an space 31.21% of the full metropolis overlaying an space of 29.23 Sq km comes underneath the class of average vulnerability contains localities Colonal Ganj, Mohtsim Ganj, Himmat Ganj, Meer Ganj, Katra, Beniganj, Buxi Bazar, Aazad Sq., Bahadur Ganj, Neam Sarai, Puramanohar Das, Malviya Nagar, Sultanpur Bhava, Shivkuti, Atarsuiya, Chaukhandi, Salori, Medical Faculty, Govindpuram, Chandpur Salori, Kareli, Dariyabad (Half 1), Ishwarsharan, Sediya Unhealthy, Mutthi Ganj II, Atala, College Space, Mutthi Ganj, Dariyabad-II, Meerapur, Rambagh, Nai Basti, Mundera, Sadiyapur, Katghar, Elenganj and Tulsipur.
Among the many extremely susceptible areas which covers an space of 4.54 Sq Km which is round 5% of the full space embody localities of Khalasi Line, Krishna Nagar, Daraganj and Baxikhurd. “State of affairs is alarming at a really excessive class which covers the world of seven.71 Sq Km and an space of round 8.5% of the full metropolis.
The localities embody names comparable to Madhwapur, Bhardwajpuram, Baghambari housing scheme, Pura Padain and elements of Dariyabad-II are worst hit”, mentioned the professional. As per knowledge obtained from the Central Floor Water Board, areas having worst scenario relating to water desk (pre and publish monsoon studying in meters) in 2021 embody Peepalgaon (25.20 and 19.55 mts beneath floor), Prayag (24.85 and 22.70 mts), Sadar Tehsil (24.75 and 22.50 mts) and Authorities Ladies Polytechnic (22.60 and 19.84mts), defined Prof Siddiqui. Likewise, areas together with Malaka, Colonelganj inter school and George City are the localities are average hit.

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