4 lakh pumps run dry

Steep fall of groundwater table blamed
About four lakh irrigation pumps out of over 16 lakh across the country go out of operation during the peak dry spell of March-April every year failing to draw the required quantity of water due to a sharp fall of groundwater level.
“Owing to a steep fall in ground water table, almost four lakh shallow tubewells (STWs) cannot lift the required volume of irrigation water during March-April period each year,” said Dr Eftekharul Alam, head of Minor Irrigation Information Services Unit (MIISU) of Bangladesh

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