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Delhi will have to get its act together on groundwater pollution

Source: Asian Age, Date: , 2016

A recent study by the Delhi University has revealed the presence of harmful chemicals and heavy metals in the city’s groundwater resources. If this groundwater is consumed, according to the study, it can lead to serious health problems in the nervous system, kidneys and the digestive tract. Titled Groundwater Environment in Delhi, the study was conducted by the DU’s geology department to identify the nature of contamination across the city. As per the report, people living alongside the Yamuna or those living in industrial areas and near landfill sites are at a greater risk. “We know at present Delhi has limited surface water resources for drinking purposes and its groundwater resources are being widely abstracted to meet industrial, agricultural and domestic needs. Today various critical issues are associated with the water resources in the national capital, including over-exploitation and pollution of groundwater. In this study, we have tried to find out overall groundwater environment and found presence of several chemicals and heavy metals in the groundwater across the city,” Shashank Shekhar, assistant professor, department of geology, DU, said.

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