Water Scarcity ; A National Crisis

Water Crisis ; Why are you not worried? Water crisis, but who should be worried? Start the blame game, because each one of us is a culprit behind this crisis and still no one want to accept that. It is not just water crisis, it is a national crisis which needs to be looked into seriously.

Four reservoirs that supply water to Chennai, the state capital and India’s sixth largest city, have run nearly dry.

In the national capital, which recently saw mercury rise above 48 degrees, depleting groundwater levels are among the reasons for the diminished supply.

With impending monsoon delay, Mumbai is horribly affected and Maharashtra’s 10,000 villages are only dependent on water tankers.

Kolkata is reeling under a water crisis because of the excessive dependence on groundwater and inadequate supply of water from Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) that covers 144 wards in the city.

Some parts of Karnataka shut schools for an extra week on account of water scarcity.

In Madhya Pradesh, which has had several incidents of clashes for water, the state government asked superintendents of police of all 52 districts to guard water sources.

Gurgaon Municipal authorities suggested that a private security agency be engaged to protect the pipes supplying water to condominiums.

In Hyderabad the pinch is being felt in many areas as the supply of drinking water which is usually every alternate day sometimes takes a break or two with gap in days for water supply varying from four days to a week.




In the absence of municipal supplied water or deficient supply, residents are forced to purchase water from the informal sector at a rate that is crunching the pockets of a normal man in many parts of the country.

Not only conflicts at water pumps and near the tankers the water crisis heat is bringing citizens to boiling point and arrests are being reported to curb the incidents of violence for the want of water.

According to a NITI Aayog report, 21 major cities in India will run out of groundwater by 2020.

These are the facts but measures by the individuals and strict rules on water usage and ground water protection by the government is no where to be seen.

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