80% of Punjab’s area in red zone due to overexploitation of groundwater: expert


The water level drops by almost a meter every year in Punjab, and nearly 80% of the state’s area becomes a red zone due to overexploitation of groundwater.

This was stated by Architect Surinder Bahga while sharing information on the capacity building training workshops organized by the Energy Efficiency Bureau and the Punjab Energy Development Agency.

A total of 814 people, including local service providers, dealers, distributors, technicians and faculties, participated in 10 such workshops organized to teach them effective ways to save water and energy , including operation and maintenance of water pumps, use of lighting and verification of star labeling of electrical appliances.

The workshops have been held at industrial training institutes in Fatehgarh Sahib, Mohali, Patiala, Jalandhar, Bathinda, Hoshiarpur, Pathankot, Kapurthala, Ludhiana and Barnala over the past month.

“In Punjab, about 16 lakh tube wells are operated with electric water pumps. Nearly 80% of the area of ​​Punjab becomes a red zone due to overexploitation of groundwater. On average, the water level drops by nearly one meter per year. It was therefore important to sensitize stakeholders to save electricity and water in Punjab,” Bahga said.

In addition to this, five other workshops were held at the technical training institutes of Punjab State Power Corporation Limited in Patiala, Jalandhar, Amritsar, Bathinda and Ludhiana. About 315 participants took part in these workshops.


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