If it fails to put a water management system in place, India, which manages about 800 billion cubic meters of usable water per year against the consumption of 780 billion cubic meters, will fall short of demand by 50% by 2030.
The likely scenario was highlighted at a seminar on ‘sustainable water management in industries’ organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Wednesday.
“While India will have an aggregate 50% gap of water demand, China, South Africa are expected to have a gap of 25% and 17% respectively,” said Mukund Vasudevan, chairman, CII NR committee on Water. “India cannot afford a situation where its citizens do not have sufficient clean water to drink and industrial and agriculture growth is hampered due to unavailability of water,” he added while stressing that it was high time people adopt recycling, harvesting and other ways to conserve and minimise the use of water. Alok Saxena, chairman, CII UP State Council said, “India's accelerated growth has led to an unprecedented stress on the finite and fragile water resources. Demand for water is growing rapidly with urbanisation, increase in population, rising income and industrial growth.” “The use of water in industry would grow to 13% from the current 8% between 2010 to 2050,” predicted Ramani Iyer, vice chairman, Forbes Marshall Limited.