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Something as basic as modifying what’s printed on water bills could yield big benefits.
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While putting dying rivers such as the Shipra and Sabarmati on life support by transporting water at enormous cost from other river basins is measure that's earning populist praise, it raises serious questions on the transparent allocation of this increasingly scarce resource.
The dark shadow of dying rivers and receding water lie over the Kumbh Melas as hasty interventions and climate change threaten to disrupt the largest human gatherings on earth.
The Central government has released considerable funds towards relief activities, but does the issue get solved there? Certainly not! A disaster like drought is bound to re-emerge if the situation is not handled appropriately. What is crucial is a structured multi-pronged approach towards preventing drought situations before the onset of the short-lived solace of the upcoming monsoon, which till date has been a reason for the loss of vigour in the disaster assuagement process.
As millions of affected people struggle to reach water in several Indian states reeling under a drought-like condition, water was sprinkled on the roads of Bagalkot district in Karnataka today, ahead...
This article is from Open Magazine. By Haima Deshpande A photograph on a wall inside Sakharam Bhagat's home shows three identically dress- ed women of varying ages seated in a row with him at the ext...