India needs to be smarter in utilising 'virtual water'
India is the third largest exporter of groundwater – 12% of the global export. Water-intensive industries take a toll on our environment and management mechanisms.
Virtual water simply means water used in cultivation and production. In India, it is a predominant part of the textile, tanning, and agriculture industries. Asiaville spoke to Prof. S Janakarajan, from Madras Institute of Development Studies, who explained the role of virtual water in our country. He said, "The big question we must ask ourselves is, how do we differentiate between the use and abuse of water in the manufacturing sectors?"