Residents of Buldhana town are shivering these days. No it is not due to the cold. It is the thought of summer that makes them shiver. Even though it is peak winter, the town is getting water once in 20 days. Publicly the officials say the situation will remain under control but the citizens are fearing the worst.
An official in district administration revealed on condition of anonymity that as on date top officials are unable to see how far their efforts to meet summer season's requirement would be successful. "It is an unprecedented crisis. The government has to think of the entire district. Some water has to be provided for cattle too. The sources are limited and most are either dry or will go dry before onset of summer," he told TOI.
The famed rivers of India's Gangetic plains are turning into "sewage", threatening the life and health of millions of people dependent on them, warned a team of 11 environmental activists who cycled through the region covering around 1,800km in 27 days.
In the capital earlier this week on way to their final stop, Dehra Dun, team members they crossed 24 rivers while cycling through north Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
"Not one river was fit to bathe in. The water at many places resembled sewage water. Among the most polluted rivers we came across was the Yamuna in western UP, Varuna and Gandak," said team leader Anil P Joshi, a Padma Shri-awardee who heads a Dehra Dun-based environmental NGO, HESCO.
"The growing pollution of rivers is a stark sign of wider ecological imbalance in the region,"
It wasn't just the rivers that the activists were worried about. They said none of the states they travelled through had achieved even half of India's target of 33% area under forests. Bengal had 14.64%, Bihar 7.23%, UP 3.61% and Delhi 11.94%.
"Forests are vanishing in these states. And even the ones that survive are grade C forests, consisting of bushes rather than broad-leaved trees," Joshi said.
The team travelled through 31 districts, held 300 meetings and reached out to around 10,000 people. They interacted with 1,200 village youth through the yatra and found the 80% of them had not seen a forest.
thiswithout any head or toe , from law to natural resources , no one cares about anything and at last put every blame on government ,1. people waste water like nothing ,same for other resources as well
We just depend fully on the rain.. One day the rain won't fall but probably we will.. die