Dr. Natwar Sharma obtained his PhD in Geology from IIT Mumbai in the year 1992. Subsequently, he started teaching career at Maharaja Sayjirao University of Baroda. His specialization is in the field of Geochemistry, Ground Water, Remote Sensing and Environmental Geology. He was also part of the 21st Scientific Expedition to Antarctica as a scientific team member. Dr. Sharma undertook responsibility to develop a state of the art mineral analysis and charcterization laboratory for the Department of Industries and Mines, Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar; he served Government of Gujarat on deputation from 20007 to 2010 to accomplish the task of developing the mineral laboratory. He has published 15 research papers in national and international journals and has made research presentations in many national conferences.
Water table study forms an important part of watershed development and long term monitoring of water table fluctuation coupled with the hydro-meteorological data can be used to identify groundwater resource potential of any area. Study area to a large extent depends upon groundwater for its drinking and agricultural needs. The study area receives rainfall due to SW monsoon and is limited to the period between June to September. The period is further extended upto November month due to retreating monsoon. The rainfall data for 42 years i.e. from 1961 to 2003 from 18 rain gauge stations located within the study area was used. The average rainfall for the study area stands at 858.99 mm. The mean annual rainfall gradually increases from west to the east which can be observed in the isohyetal map of the study area. The highest rainfall recorded in the study area was inSavli station in the year 1976 with 2688.7 mm precipitation and lowest was recorded during 1968 with 101 mm at Kawant station. The western and central part of the study area has thick alluvial cover as a result area is under intense use of groundwater. Whereas, in the eastern part due to hard rock formation and less habitation, the development of groundwater resources are not under threat. The maximum depth of water table is in central part, while, it is at shallow depth in eastern and western parts. Due to influence of sea water in the western part, the area has salinity problem, as a result, exploitation of groundwater resources has not taken place. Overall in the study area, groundwater irrigation, industrial development and urban expansion have stressed the aquifer resources. This has negative fallout on the quality of groundwater, which is not uniform throughout. Study demonstratesthat the groundwater quality deteriorates with depth and also towards the western part of the region i.e. coastal plains. The rainwater is the main source of recharge, which varies laterally and vertically depending upon hydrogeological conditions. To study water level fluctuation, groundwater level data from year 1990 onwards have been utilized. Water table contour maps have been drawn and it is observed that the water level in the study area ranges between 5 m to 10 m bgl in the eastern and western part of the study area while between 10m to 20m in the central part. In the central part deeper levels of groundwater have been observed which is mainly due to over exploitation of groundwater resources particularly in talukas like Vadodara and semi critical talukas like Karjan, Amod and Sinor. However, the western coastal tracks fall in saline category (especially JambusarTaluka of Bharuch district). Net groundwater availability in the study area based on the available data is computed to be 111337 ha m and the stage of groundwater development work out to be 67.47% which fall in safe category (Safe: if the stage of groundwater development is less than 70% and the groundwater levels during the last decade does not show any falling trend in water levels (pre and post monsoon) the area is categorized as safe i.e. white). Recharge from rainfall during monsoon season is calculated to be 927.45 MCM/yr in 2004 while in the year 1991 it was 892.17 MCM/yr. Net draft computed for the study area comes out to be 396.31 MCM/yr in the year 1991 and 525.85 MCM/yr in 2004. The study focuses on application of rainfall and water table data for preparing water budget of an inter-stream region.