Should extraction of ground water be regulated in Nagaland? Why?

Some of those who voted YES had this to say: 

•    Yes. Some clear measures need to be taken before places like Dimapur run out of underground water.

•    Yes. The regulation should not be abrupt. It should start slowly in phase-wise to prepare the people through awareness and by creating alternatives.

Some of those who voted NO had this to say: 

•    No. I believe out of 10 % nearly 3.5 is used in urban areas i.e. majority Dimapur and Kohima. And then the rest are all situated in the hill stations mostly villages here water scarcity issues. So the water resources committee of state should able to come with strong strategy, since the state is still on the progress manner.

•    Unless the government provides proper water supply to its people, it should NOT be regulated.

•    No, unless the government gets their act together and reach water to every household and the private water suppliers are stopped. People need water because the government has been so negligent on sorting the water issues. But the privately supplied water not only causes urban eyesores with their snaking pipes everywhere, you don't know the quality of water they are supplying. 

•    Absolutely not. When the government is not doing its job in supplying water to the households, how can they stop all other alternatives.

•    No. We are not ready for this kind of measure yet.

•    No. Let some experts do some research first before any decisions are made. We Nagas have this knack of jumping to conclusions before studying the problems first.

Some of those who voted OTHERS had this to say: 

•    In Nagaland water scarcity is the burning issue so Minister of Water Conservation and the concerned department should put all their efforts to install pipe water system in every district headquarters apart from Dimapur and Kohima and make water available at their doorsteps.

•    However the government must set rules that if people are extracting ground water, they should be replenishing it, which means ensuring the grounds are not all concrete plastered and water is still seeping into the ground to replenish what is being removed. Rain water harvesting should be encouraged and repairs of all leakages should be mandatory. Many household and even public spaces ignore these leakages for years. They probably do not remember the saying 'Little drops of water, make the mighty ocean'. Here on a realistic explanation and not just on a human behaviour.
•    Rain Water Harvesting should be encouraged rather.