Swimming Against The Currents? – The Present Shocks of “Water”
With 50% of its 1.4 billion residents belonging to the poor section of society, resource management and allocation is undoubtedly a monumental task for the Indian government. It comes as no surprise, then, that access to even the most basic resources varies greatly between the different ends of the income ladder.
The water crisis in Chennai is a prime example of this mismanagement. Less than four years ago, the flood plain city was devastated by massive floods. Large parts of the metropolitan were submerged under water. However, due to the government paving over the lakes and wetlands, none of this water could percolate through to the aquifers under the city and recharge the water table. Water pooled and surged aboveground, reducing the resources available to deal with a crisis like the one this year.
So we’re here today to raise the question, is global warming really to blame for the droughts in the city? Or is it us?
Environmental activists have for years been contending that water will be the political flashpoint of the 21st century. Traces of this are beginning to show already, with the on-going feud between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over the possession of water contained in the Cauvery River one the one hand, and the single digit turnout to discuss solutions in the upper house on the other.
Rather than a round of the blame game, these issues require a complete acknowledgment of the irreversible damage that has already been done along with policies and programs that can help revitalize the depleted resource supplies. India must decide to look away from its North-Western agricultural nest egg (that takes away nearly a quarter of the country’s fresh water supply) and provide better solutions to the increasingly desperate section that remains starved of this invaluable gift of life.
Here are some solutions that we all can try. Can we?
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