Land Use Changes and Groundwater Overuse

  • S. Manasi
  • K. V. Raju


An increased depletion of natural resources, specifically in the semi-arid regions, both globally and domestically, has led to severe implications for the livelihoods of the local people. Locals have strategized over the years to cope up with the changed scenario i.e., from being resource-rich to being resource-scarce. This chapter focuses on land use change and implications for groundwater recharge and sustainability by capturing data through Geographical Information Systems (GIS). The study evidently indicates at unregulated groundwater exploitation, a huge drain on household savings, a forced cropping pattern shift from food grains to cash crops for easy cash flows, an inevitable out-migration in search of better jobs, in spite of an enormous increase in land prices. The chapter also highlights the coping mechanisms adopted by both the landholders and landless across the villages, on the one hand and on the other, how local households have continued to neglect the common property resources like water bodies and their importance and societal responses in this regard.


Land use change Land use mapping Groundwater depletion Farmers coping mechanisms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Manasi
    • 1
  • K. V. Raju
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Research in Urban AffairsInstitute for Social and Economic ChangeBengalaruIndia
  2. 2.Policy and Impact, Asia ProgramInternational Crops Research Institute for the Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)HyderabadIndia

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