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Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell

Gujarat has the longest coastline (1,663 km) among the Indian states. In a large part of the state, climate is dry sub-humid and arid with very low average rainfall at 600 mm annually. Due to the erratic nature of rainfall in recent years and the absence of perennial rivers in these areas, the groundwater remains the only reliable source for irrigation. The problem of salinity ingress was first detected in the late sixties and early seventies due to massive exploitation of ground water facilitated by the introduction of water lifting pump sets in the region. Salinity ingress, consequently, was a result of the disruption of the natural hydrological balance between freshwater and seawater in coastal areas. The contamination of ground water aquifers has threatened drinking water security, affected agricultural productivity and also has adverse impacts on health outcomes. The challenges are getting amplified manifold due to climate change.

Costal Salinity

Sea water intrusion in groundwater aquifers is emerging as a global environmental problem affecting the local communities living in coastal geographies.

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Our Story

Sea water ingress is a major emerging problem which is adversely affecting local coastal communities in India.

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Our Approach

We have developed a multipronged approach to evolve sustainable solutions to effectively deal with multifaceted challenges of salinity ingress.

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Our strategy

We exist to help communities assist them mitigate and adapt to multifaceted challenges of salinity ingress.

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