According to the United Nations’ World Water Development Report, 2022′, India extracts more than a quarter of the world’s groundwater withdrawal each year.
India needs to extract more than a quarter of the world’s groundwater each year to satisfy the drinking water and sanitation needs of almost 18% of world’s population living in its territory.
Which one of the following is correct in respect of the above statements?
(a) Both Statement-I and Statement-II are correct and Statement-II is the correct explanation for Statement-I
(b) Both Statement-I and Statement-II are correct and Statement-II is not the correct explanation for Statement-I
(c) Statement-I is correct but Statement-II is incorrect
(d) Statement-I is incorrect but Statement-II is correct
- The ‘World Water Development Report, 2022’ by the United Nations reveals that India annually extracts over 25% of the global groundwater withdrawal, making statement-I accurate.
- However, statement-II is incorrect as approximately 89% of this extracted groundwater in India is utilized for irrigation purposes. Therefore, option (c) is the correct answer.
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