Nature and humans, this combo shares a ‘love-hate relationship’, as they never really go smoothly with one another. Truly speaking, we humans are the most stupid beings that can ruin anything beautiful and productive for they are selfish of course and not to forget they undoubtedly love calling themselves ‘the creator’ (they aren’t and we all know that).
No matter how rich mankind become they will try to control any situation say it man-made or natural. Such, undoubtedly suffer from God complex, which is incurable.
Talking about the destruction the Mother Earth in recent years has experienced a worse situation such as global warming, deforestation, fire, flood, drought, and God knows what not.
2019 has been the roughest year for India, from Pulwama attack to Unnao rape case the country has encountered the worst. Well anyway, we will be discussing not the above-mentioned events, but the two most dangerous incidents which India is still struggling with. That’s a flood in the northern part of the country and of course Chennai water scarcity issue.
Despite the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission or the National River Conservation Programme, our country has failed all the bars of safety and security. Because, as per the Environment Performance Index 2018 of the Yale University, India stands 177th position out of 180 countries. The ranking pretty much tells the story though!
Let us now imagine the world without water. The land’s all barren and infertile, humans go mad over a drop of drinking water to quench their thirst and animals and plants slowly dying. Well, for some it might sound like a nail-biting horror story, but for us, the people of India it’s a reality. A harsh reality that is impossible to deny, not even in decades.
Because India’s 6th largest city, Chennai that once consumed more than 500 million liters of water now declared ‘Day Zero’ on June 19th. The day when there was no water left to drink. All the water reservoirs namely Red Hills, Cholavaram, Poondi and Chembarambakkam which supplied water across the city were empty creating a havoc situation. June was recorded the driest with a soaring temperature above 40 degree Celsius in the last five years.
Below par, monsoon rain is said to be the main reason and as a result, approximately 10 million people are affected. Even the borewells are being dug up to a minimum depth of 200 to 500 feet as for the groundwater receded.
As per data, the people in the slum areas had to rely on metro water tankers, they cover 25 percent of the population in the city. Special trains have been allotted by the Indian Railways carrying 25 lakh liters of Cauvery water from Jollarpettai in Vellore district. A total amount of 11 million liters of water is transported to Chennai on a daily basis.
The other issue is a flood and heavy rainfall in Gujarat, Assam, Bihar, Maharashtra, and Kerala. Out of these four states, Assam and Bihar have suffered the most.
With the death toll rising to 88, Assam with a population of 1,65,763 in 268 villages in 25 revenue circles of 12 districts are still submerged in water. However, there are reports of slight improvement, but the major water bodies like the Brahmaputra at Neamatighat (Jorhat), Dhansiri at Numaligarh (Golaghat), Buradihing at Khowang (Dibrugarh) and Desang at Nanglamura ghat (Sivasagar) are still flowing above the danger mark.
Whereas, the situation in Bihar is serious but no more causalities filed. Around 88.46 lakh in 1,269 Panchayats of 111 blocks of the 13 districts are affected with deaths recorded 127. Five rivers in the state are still flowing above their danger marks; they are Bagmati, Burhi Gandak, Adhwara, Khiroi, and Kamla Balan.
Under SDRF, Rs. 251.55 crores have been released to Assam this year and Rs. 417.37 crores have been released to Bihar. So far a total of 135 NDRF teams are deployed in different flood-prone parts of the country. 21 teams in Gujarat, 13 Teams in Assam, 19 in Bihar, 04 in Maharashtra and 03 in Kerala.
Water is the main source of living, and we humans need to learn and understand this by heart. So that no other place in the earth ever faces such a situation. To meet the problems we all have to study and also implement water conservation tactics. With the advancement of science, mankind has forgotten the traditional ways of water savings such as sand bores, bamboo drip irrigation, johads, etc. This is the only way our country could rehash what is lost in decades.
Enough of the blame game, we ourselves have created these climate change issues and we together have to curb it. Hence, let us devote a few minutes of our lives and keep aside ‘God complex’, and work for our future-a future that is green and serene!