Drinking Water: An Escalating Crisis

First, industries guzzle upward H2O together with pollute H2O bodies, together with thence they launch initiatives nether Corporate Social Responsibility.

In this scorching heat, H2O is becoming a hot issue. With temperatures soaring, together with amongst the major reservoirs drying, the battle for drinking H2O is becoming louder together with bloodier, twenty-four hr menses past times day. Unable to larn their daily requirement of drinking water, angry protestors inwards diverse cities are taking to streets.

In the months to come, non-availability of H2O is sure to adorn the news. The alert bells bring been ringing for over xv years now, but nobody cared. Even now, when projections demonstrate that seventy per cent to a greater extent than groundwater has been depleted inwards the past times decade than inwards the final decade of 1990s, together with that H2O sources across the province bring been contaminated inwards virtually all the states leading to serious wellness problems similar cancer together with fluorosis that damages bones, teeth together with muscles, the field is non perturbed.

Parliament was informed that 1.80 lakh villages (out of the vi lakh villages inwards the country) are afflicted past times pitiable H2O quality. What these villages quaff is zilch but boring poison. In addition, what parliament is non informed is that virtually all the tributaries of our major rivers bring go drain channels for the industry. Take, for instance, Ammi river flowing inwards the outskirts of Gorakhpur. For years now, over 1.5 lakh people who alive on the banks of the river bring been protesting against industrial effluents that bring turned the river — the alone lifeline for hundreds of villages on its banks — into a rootage of misery.

Ammi is non the alone tributary that has turned into a drain. Almost all tributaries of the major Indian rivers current dirty. Somehow the policy makers together with planners process the muddy rivers together with tributaries equally a misplaced sign of industrialisation, together with thereby process it equally an index of development.

Returning to the effect of shrinking drinking H2O availability, a parliamentary standing commission has informed that piece to a greater extent than than 84 per cent of households inwards rural areas are covered nether rural H2O supply, alone xvi per cent population gets drinking H2O from populace taps. However, exactly 12 per cent of rural families bring private taps inwards their houses. This likewise is highly skewed inwards favour of the to a greater extent than progressive states. In Orissa, for instance, alone ix per cent households bring access to tap water. If yous locomote to Kalahandi district, the per centum of population having access to tap H2O drops to a mere 2.76 per cent.

The pic isn’t real rosy for the urban areas. Only 37 per cent of the households bring access to tap water. In other words, non alone nutrient entitlements, at that spot is an urgent take away to ensure correct to prophylactic drinking water.

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Isn’t it shocking that afterwards 63 years of Independence, alone 12 per cent of the rural households bring drinking H2O taps? This is despite the National Rural Drinking Water Programme existence operative, for which Rs 8,000-crore was provided exactly inwards 2009-10.

What is to a greater extent than shocking is that piece the drinking H2O taps are going dry, at that spot is never a shortage of H2O render from tankers? In Mumbai, for instance, an guess shows that nearly 48 per cent of the drinking H2O gets lost due to leaks from damaged pipelines. Some intend it is only because the tanker mafia is at work. Not alone Mumbai, cities across the province are nether siege past times tanker mafia. In the rural areas too, the H2O mafia has been continuously at work. If the H2O sources are drying upward across the country, I wonder from where the tankers larn water. Every 1 knows that the tanker mafia is leaving the countryside parched together with dry, but who cares?

Well, the corporate sector certainly gives an impression that it cares. It has to. After all, much of the H2O crisis is its creation. First the industries guzzle upward water, together with pollute the rivers together with H2O bodies, together with and thence they launch H2O saving initiatives nether Corporate Social Responsibility. ITC for illustration has launched a projection inwards Gurgaon to instruct housemaids on how to salve H2O piece cleaning the utensils. Teaching the maid servants on how to salve 1 mug of H2O is sure enough to a greater extent than or less responsibility!

What the corporate sector refuses to signal at is the recent determination of the Andhra Pradesh authorities to allocate 21.5 lakh litres per twenty-four hr menses from the Krishna River inwards Guntur district to Coca-Cola. While several hundred villages inwards Guntur district are grappling amongst acuate drinking H2O shortage, the authorities perchance thinks that rural pitiable tin dismiss quench their thirst from drinking Coke instead. To justify its exploitation of water, Coca-Cola claims to endure buying mangoes for its Maaza construct nether Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. Killing ii birds amongst 1 stone, isn’t it? But who cares?

Unfortunately, providing construct clean drinking H2O is no longer a national priority. Somehow the authorities believes that the to a greater extent than pressing take away is to construct the H2O resources available to the mineral H2O industry. With the elite together with the oculus shape satisfied at the slowly availability of mineral water, the residue of the population continues to suffer. Over the years, the province together with the Central authorities bring shifted focus to the oculus class, equally if the residue of the province does non matter.

Source: Deccan Herald http://www.deccanherald.com/content/68732/an-escalating-crisis.html