Washington,DC (November 24, 2014) – EcoSikh, a Washington based organization, has raised concern over the severe groundwater depletion of Punjab and other parts of Northern India. This week, 60 Minutes, a renowned news program from CBS News, showed the recent findings through satellite and newly developed devices which track the amount of groundwater. Punjab and rest of the India has lost groundwater at a alarming rate and it is facing a impending disaster.
Dr. Rajwant Singh, President of EcoSikh, citing this news magazine which was relayed on TV across US, said, “The evidence is credible that the food basket of India is in serious danger and this issue should be treated with urgency and with immediate action. This would require a massive awareness campaign and also managing water sources and regulating water usage. This is no longer a political issue. It is a survival of the land which is valuable and is the major food source for India. Similar action ought to be seriously taken by the California government.”
“When people in Punjab do not have access to water because it is being overused, the results will be disastrous,” said India Project Manager, Ravneet Singh. “This problem is not only happening in Punjab, but all over the world. We see this in the United States too. Singh continued, saying that, “groundwater depletion is a major problem for agricultural societies, like in Punjab; they are most affected. Our land, our food, our life depends on food and water. Without water, the future of Punjab is in jeopardy.”
The program highlights how groundwater, which is located beneath the earth’s surface, is being drilled because other more accessible sources of water have dried up due to droughts and overuse. Agricultural work also contributed to loss of groundwater since irrigation uses many water resources. When more accessible water resources are gone, farmers will tap into water that is in the ground.
“Groundwater is like a savings account – something you draw on when in a time of need,” said the CBS News program. “Much of the earth is in danger of a groundwater overdraft.”