Dry Earth Cries

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Tantipudi Abhilash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday justified the move to impose a 20% in water supply for breweries and distilleries in Aurangabad area, saying his government’s “first priority” is to provide water for drinking.

After hearing to this statement I started thinking about the intensity of the problem. And in another whatsapp message I was informed about Latur district of Maharastra and its water scarcity. Even the cattle are dying due to the lack of water.

With the drought situation in Maharashtra worsening day by day and the storage in dams at low, the state government is busy bringing in a law making it mandatory for industries to use recycled water. If that is impossible they should be given at least a percentage.

At a time when several parts of Maharashtra are facing severe water crisis, thousands of litres of water were used for a make-shift helipad at a village, close to the airport, where Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse landed for reviewing drought situation in Latur district.

To check misuse of water during the summer, municipal authorities in Chandigarh have decided to impose a fine of Rs 2,000 on anyone found washing cars or watering plants in the morning hours.

This type of laws should be implemented to check the water wastage at least to a certain extent. When we think of these we generally go back to a single reason called environmental misbehaviour but I feel there is a mismanagement of water in addition to that.




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