Despite having the best water infrastructure in the country, Sindh has high poverty and malnutrition levels due to the manipulation of water outlets for the benefit of the rich and powerful.
The lack of any law to protect groundwater levels is actively hampering any efforts to enable and encourage the natural replenishment of the NCT’s water table.
As the state gears up to present its 2017-18 budget, utilisation of funds in 2016-17 has been below 15% in some “high-priority” areas.
The water quality of lakes, rivers and coastal shorelines around the world is degrading at an alarming rate. In fact, pollution of the 10 largest rivers on Earth is so significant that it affects five billion people.
Villagers trapped between snow covered peaks and roaring rivers are running out of water.
Given the increasing competition for water for different uses like agriculture and domestic supply, it is clear that such problems are likely to increase in the future.
The government’s overwhelming priority should be to arrange adequate water as soon as possible for the health of the villagers as well as the animals.
Retaining rainwater through small check dams and farm embankments will assuage Bundelkhand’s thirst far better than a grand river linking scheme based on wrong assumption about water availability.