about the sorry plight of the Ganga, Kanpur based NGO Eco Friends
and Swa Shakti organized a seminar on Ganga Pollution in the village
of Usri. Hundreds of rural womenfolk thronged to the meeting.
the gathering, executive secretary of Eco Friends Rakesh Jaiswal
said that the problem of water dearth has become global. Despite
the fact that India has numerous rivers and waterbodies, the water
crunch prevails in our country as well because most of the freshwater
has been contaminated, he added.
the audience that acquisition and control of water resources has
driven communities to migrate since pre-historical times. It was
the world’s river basins which first became fully colonized.
There is very possibility that in the coming years people will
flee from water short scarce areas to the areas that are water
abundant, he warned.
out that drinking water shortage is becoming more and more severe.
Women in many Rajasthan villages have to travel long distances
to fetch water for domestic use. He also underlined that water
in agriculture is underpriced, subsidized or at times provided
free of cost. This results in misallocation and inefficient or
wasteful use of water. He said that conservation of water can
be achieved through drip and sprinkler irrigation.
informed the villagers about Eco Friends massive programme to
clean Kanpur stretch of Ganga from March 16 to March 22 on the
occasion of World Water Week.