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Clean and Sustainable Groundwater in India

  • Dipankar Saha
  • Sanjay Marwaha
  • Arunangshu Mukherjee


  • Deals with all aspects of ground water resource monitoring, evolution and management

  • Presents recent data on ground water pollution and resource exploration

  • Serves as reference material for researchers and policy makers


Part of the Springer Hydrogeology book series (SPRINGERHYDRO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Dipankar Saha, Sanjay Marwaha, Arunangshu Mukherjee
    Pages 1-11
  3. K. P. Singh, Naval Kishore, Tuli Naresh, R. S. Loyal, Kaur Mandeep, Jasbir Kaur Taak
    Pages 95-106
  4. Shashank Shekhar, Suman Kumar, Rajiv Sinha, Sanjeev Gupta, Alexander Densmore, S. P. Rai et al.
    Pages 117-124
  5. A. Subburaj, E. Sampath Kumar, S. Suresh, V. Elanchelian, K. Rajarajan
    Pages 191-202
  6. S. S. Vittala, G. R. C. Reddy, K. R. Sooryanarayana, G. Sudarshan
    Pages 203-213
  7. Bishwadeep Ghose, Harshvardhan Dhawan, Himanshu Kulkarni, Uma Aslekar, Siddharth Patil, M. V. Ramachandrudu et al.
    Pages 215-234

About this book


The book embodies the groundwater issues and challenges in India focusing its sustainable use. It is a compilation of papers presented by the eminent experts from Government departments, academia, research institutes, NGOs and stakeholders who assembled at Kurukshetra on 21st August, 2015 in the event of Bhujal Manthan or “Churning of Groundwater” organized for the first time by Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, the apex Ministry of Water Resource under Government of India.

India, as a country, is the highest groundwater extractor in the world. Its service towards attaining the food and clean drinking water security is well documented. This volume addresses the issues of aquifer characterization, groundwater contamination, groundwater resource availability and its sustainable management through community participation in pan-India scenario. This book provides a unique opportunity for its readers to understand groundwater domain in India in its entire gamut. The papers included in the volume were selected carefully from the presentations made in the following four broad topics during the Manthan; (i) groundwater quality, (ii) conjunctive use of surface and groundwater, (iii) management intervention and sustainable use of this resource, and (iv) groundwater problems and application of various techniques.

The book contains 20 papers including an introductory chapter by the editors. The content of the book is enriched by contributions from eminent researchers and activists in groundwater domain, like Prof. Tushar Shah, Prof. K J Nath, Prof. Himanshu Kulkarni, Dr. D K Chadha, Dr. Bharat Sharma and others. The recommendations in the individual papers are of immense significance for keeping the groundwater of the country clean and sustainable. The volume will help the readers to understand the groundwater issues of the country and also assist policy makers to prepare strategies for its better governance and management with environmentally sustainable ways.


Ground Water Management Aquifer Mapping Climate Change India Water Use Efficency Sustainable Management Ground Water Pollution Water Conservation

Editors and affiliations

  • Dipankar Saha
    • 1
  • Sanjay Marwaha
    • 2
  • Arunangshu Mukherjee
    • 3
  1. 1.Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga RejuvenationCentral Ground Water BoardFaridabadIndia
  2. 2.Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga RejuvenationCentral Ground Water BoardFaridabadIndia
  3. 3.Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga RejuvenationCentral Ground Water BoardFaridabadIndia

About the editors

Dipankar Saha is presently working as a Member in Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India. He is coordinating the ambitious National Aquifer Mapping and Management Programme taken up by Government of India to cover the entire country. He has more than 30 years experience in the domain of groundwater investigation, monitoring and assessment. He has obtained PhD on Groundwater Management from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. He has authored number of state and national reports and over 35 publications in peer reviewed international journals. He is professionally trained on Applied Quaternary Geology by Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok and on Integrated Water Resources Management, by JICA, Tokyo. He has presented many keynote addresses at national and international level conferences including World Water Week – Stockholm. He is recipient of National Geoscience Award – 2011 on Groundwater Exploration and Groundwater Excellence Award in 2014, conferred by Government of India and International Association of Hydrogeologist – India Chapter, respectively.

Sanjay Marwaha is working as Regional Director with Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, GR & GR, Government of India. He has done his post-graduation from Panjab University, Chandigarh and was awarded University medals for standing First class First both in undergraduation and post-graduation. He had taken courses on Groundwater Management, Geographic Information System, and Remote Sensing at ITC, Netherlands, and was adjudged best trainee. During past 30 years, he is credited with number of studies related to various facets of groundwater, especially managed aquifer recharge in parts of semi-arid areas of country. He has been associated with compilation of five volumes issued by Government of India on various topics such as groundwater recharge - techniques, perspective plan of groundwater resources of India, master plan for artificial recharge in India, Punjab water Quality- Issues and Challenges. He has also authored more than 40 publications in national and international forums on various aspects of Hydrogeology. Currently, he is associated with one of the most ambitious projects ever taken for mapping of aquifers of India.

Arunangshu Mukherjee has obtained his MSc and PhD degrees from Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University of Raipur in Geology. A hydrogeologist by profession, he is working in Central Ground Water Board since last 23 years. He is actively engaged in research and teaching of Applied Groundwater aspects. He gained experience in management and implementation aspects of groundwater including application of computer models in scientific evaluation of hydrogeologic systems, groundwater resources development and protection. He has published over 70 research papers in international and national journals, and conference proceedings, authored many books and written more than 35 project reports. He is currently associated with arsenic research, spatial distribution of As-pollution in groundwater of hard rock areas. He is the recipient of “M P Young Scientist Award” 1990 and INC-IAH Award of Excellence in “Ground Water Implementation and Management” 2015. He is member of International Association of Hydrogeologist and National Cave Research and Protection Organization.

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