Madhya Pradesh receives an average annual rainfall of 1160 mm and is drained by ten large and small rainfed rivers which are major sources of water for the state. Groundwater also contributes to the state‘s water resources to a greater extent. The annual surface water and groundwater availability are 81.5 lakh ha meters and 35.53 BCM respectively. The rainfed nature of rivers of Madhya Pradesh has made them highly susceptible to the variations in the distribution and patterns of rainfall. Reduction in the stream run off will have adverse impacts on irrigation and hydro power projects besides reducing the availability of water for all the other purposes. The climate projections for Mahya Pradesh indicate increase in intensity of the rains, thus a conscious effort needs to be made to review the technical aspects of the water storing and distributing structures. Many of such structures are very old, hence special emphasis should be given on the storing capacity of these structures in order to avert any flood like situation. Groundwater is also in a critical condition across the State, most affected being the western parts. Though State Water Policy 2003 mentions that groundwater should be explored only for drinking purposes, lack of adherence is often observed. Lack of awareness among people, at large, about water as a precious commodity, leads to its wastage. Distribution loss that happens during municipal water supply is another issue which needs to be attended to. Water Pollution is another big concern for the state.   

Key Strategies:

  • Develop comprehensive water data base in public domain
  • Accelerate surface water development activities in the state
  • Promote recharge of groundwater with special focus on over exploited areas
  • Plan for efficient water supply systems and management
  • Encourage water management practices like water auditing, regulated exploration of groundwater, water recycling, etc
  • Enhance basin level integrated water shed management
  • Review of existing water storing structures in view of excess precipitation
  • Restoration of traditional water storing structures as groundwater recharging structures
  • Impetus to Climate Change relevant research and development
  • Capacity building- institutional and personnel to integrate Climate Change concerns in planning

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Under the DFID supported SPMG (Strengthening Performance Management in Governance) initiative, EPCO in association with Development Alternatives, organized a one day State Level Training Workshop on “Mainstreaming Climate Change Concerns in Water Sector of Madhya Pradesh” on 23rdApril, 2015.  The objective of the training workshop was to build the capacities of government officials from state departments of water and groundwater resources. It highlighted the issues, concerns and strategies for mainstreaming climate change adaptation in water resource management of the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Water as an issue was seen cross-sectoral and thus figured to have huge implications on agriculture, basic needs, forests, etc. Impacts of climate change on water are visible in changing rainfall patterns and ground water level. The discussions of this training largely explored the vulnerabilities of the state in terms of water resource management and addressed the issues of water scarcity. It looked into the potentials of ground water and surface water reservoirs in addressing water concerns and their potential impact on climate change. Expert trainers from renowned institutions such as IIT- Delhi, IIT-Madras, National Institute of Hydrology and Water and Land Management Institute-Bhopal delivered the training sessions.

Adaptation strategies for mitigating climate change risk in water management were also illustrated along with a review of SAPCC with a vision to make SAPCC more comprehensive. The participants were also trained to understand the future status of state water resources in changing climate scenarios. They were then advised to come up with development and adaptation plans on the basis of changing local priorities within the state.

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Chief Guest Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Hon‟ble Chief Minister, Government of Madhya Pradesh inaugurated the two day conference; Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, Hon‟ble Minister, Department of Housing & Environment and Urban Administration & Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh presided over the function. Special Guest Shri Anthony de Sa, Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh and other dignitaries were also present on the dais.

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Analysis of observed rainfall data in Madhya Pradesh over the past 50 years indicates falling annual rainfall totals. Simultaneously, the incidence of heavy precipitation events that lead to rapid run -off, is increasing. Both the trends adversely affect the rate of groundwater recharge. Since groundwater provides two-thirds of the water used for irrigation and 95 per cent of drinking water, groundwater depletion is a major cause for concern.


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Indo-UK Collaborative Research Programme on the Impacts of Climate Change on India: Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment for Madhya Pradesh
28 May 2014
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