Water Census (Thread)


Water Census (Thread)


  • U must have heard about Population Census but have u ever heard abt Water census ?


  • Last month Modi govt presented India’s first water census report but Media didnt show


  • Read this interesting thread to know everything abt water reservoirs in India



  • There is famous saying in management that the things you cant measure, u cant improve


  • With this objective, In 2018 Modi govt started to work on a project to find out


– how many water bodies in India

– their size

– condition

-status of encroachments

– use

– storage capacity

So water census is a database of all water bodies of India. Work started by Jal Shakti ministry in 2018 and report was presented last month


water bodies : All natural or man-made units bounded on all sides with some or no masonry work used for storing water for any purposes

Let me share some imp points from this report


1. There r total 24.24 lac water bodies in India. It includes ponds, lakes, Bawdi, tanks etc


2. Out of them only 84% r in use, rest 16% r not in use due to encroachment or other reasons


3. 97% WBs r in villages n only 3% in cities

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4. 78% WBs r man made while 22% r natural, thanks to our Kings, Governments, villagers who understood importance of them


5. 45% are under Govt n rest r with Public

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6. West Bengal has highest water bodies followed by UP, Andhra. We can see fish eating states have more water bodies

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While North Indian states have less water reservoirs

7. Gujarat, Maharashtra, Assam have best water management system

Karnataka, Delhi and MP have worst one

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Percentage is calculated by how many Water bodies r under use compare to total WBs in that state

8. Now those WBs that r not in use what is the reason n main reason is – Draught


9. Those WBs that r in use, how they r being used n more than 50% r used for Fisheries

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10. Now this is imp one. We have 24.24 lacs

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  • Out of them 14.42 lacs r small ponds followed by tank, pond, check dam, lake etc
  • So I just shared few of the highlights of report


  • Those who want to study whole report can go website of Jal shakti ministry n download whole report (9MB) from there



Or u can read summery of report here



  • Work was started by nitin_gadkari in 2018 and completed by current Jal Shakti minster   Gajendra singh shekhawat under the guidance of PM narendramodi


  • Hope this report will use used for preservation and development of Water Bodies of India

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Thread by starboy2079

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