NEW DELHI (Web Desk) – Indian Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti said that India is close to being categorized as “water scarce” country on Friday.

She mentioned that increasing demand, uncertain availability and over development of rivers as the causes, NDTV reported.

Bharti made remarks at the World Sustainable Development Summit in New Delhi.

The Indian Centre also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on water resources development and management with the European Union (EU).

“The holy rivers of India are getting exhausted of their natural ability to sustain themselves due to pollution from various sources.

“The per capital water availability in India has been on continuous decline which has put our country in water stressed category and is close to being categorized as water scarce. The vagaries of climate change are expected to exacerbate the situation,” Ms Bharti stated.