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Prajval Amin, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
Citing acute water crisis in parts of Maharashtra, Bombay high court has evicted the Indian Premier ledge from the State’s Cricket Stadium. But this ruling will do nothing with the exiting water crisis as the water used by cricket stadium is insignificant in comparison with the State’s water consumption. But if we prepared to ignore the overreach and the lack of any tangible impact, the Mumbai High Court’s order has succeeded in drawing attention to the seriousness of the drought situation & the gross inequalities that prevail in the way people accuse water.
For citing the example of seriousness of water crisis, in Latur, where the traditional sources have run dry, section 144 has had to be to be imposed to prevent into water riot. Train carrying water are now being dispatched the Latur. In other part of India, for there is acute shortage, mainly in Bondelkhand region. Live data from central Water Commission show that water levels in 91 major reservation is alarmingly low, with no water currently in three reservations of Maharashtra. The country’s ground water is over exploited especially in the green revolution zones. Resent data given by center to SC states that 25% of India’s population is hit by drought, the number being 33cr people.
The country will only begin to make the livelihood of farmers sustainable when it addresses the water crisis of and pursues solution that keeps the terms of trade in their favour.