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India Ranks 120th Among 122 Countries In Water Quality Index, Says NITI Aayog

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| June 15 , 2018 , 11:53 IST

A NITI Aayog report on Friday has raised alarming concerns for the water situation in India, as the report cited data ranking India at 120th position among 122 countries in the water quality index. The NITI Aayog report also said that India is facing its worst water crisis in history, which is only expected to become worse since the country's water demand is projected to be twice the available supply by 2030.

The report said that currently, 600 million face high to extreme water shortage, with around 2 lakh people dying every year due to inadequate access to potable water. The increasing water shortage will also affect the GDP of the nation, with the country suffering a loss of up to 6 percent of the GDP in 2030.

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Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari released the report titled 'Composite Water Management Index' which also said that 21 major cities of India are expected to run out of groundwater as soon as 2020, affecting 100 million people.

The NITI Aayog report cited data from independent agencies and pointed out that nearly 70 percent of India's water is contaminated.

In the 'Composite Water Management Index', the NITI Aayog has ranked all states based on 9 broad sectors with 28 different indicators regarding various aspects of ground water, restoration of water bodies, irrigation, farm practices, drinking water, policy and governance.

While Gujarat has emerged as the best in India, followed by Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra, the lowest performers are the populous states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Haryana, home to over 600 million people.