Land sinking due to water scarcity in Delhi, biggest threat over IGI airport- Study

New Delhi: The rising underwater water shortage in the country's capital Delhi could create a major crisis. An international study has revealed that you will be forced to press your fingers under your teeth. The study says that the land in Delhi is sinking due to water scarcity, which could pose a serious threat to Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Researchers have found using satellite data that there is a huge risk of submergence in an area of ​​​​about 100 sq km of the country's capital. Of these, an area of ​​12.5 square kilometres is in Kapashera, which is just 800 meters away from IGI Airport. A joint study by IIT Bombay, German Research Center of Geosciences and Cambridge and Southern Methodist Universities of America states that due to the rapid increase in the coverage of ground subsidence at the airport, it seems that soon the airport will also be in its grip. will come. The study report, titled Implications of Sustainable Use of Groundwater, has been published in the prestigious journal Nature. It has been claimed in this international report that between 2014 and 2016, the earth was sinking at the rate of 11 cm every year, which has increased by almost 50 per cent in the next two years to 17 cm per year. according to the report, the situation in the area of Kapashera near the airport is most worrying among the vulnerable areas as the rate of submergence is very high here.

Giving the example of Kuala Lumpur airport, researcher Shagun Garg of the University of Cambridge, involved in the international study, said that it is necessary to keep a constant watch on the IGI airport. She said there were cracks on the route for taxis at Kuala Lumpur airport and water had frozen due to site settlement. Even in the Mahipalpur area, 500 meters away from the airport, the rate of slipping is increasing continuously. There, land has been found to be slipping at the rate of 500 mm every year in 2018-19. Delhi requires an average of 12.360 million gallons of water per day and the supply is short of 300 million gallons a day against the demand. According to the Draft Master Plan 2041, Delhi will need 1,746 million gallons of water per day by 2031. A major part of the water requirement in the capital is drawn from the land. Because of this, the water level is heading down rapidly.

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