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    POKE ME: Rallying to protect our rivers is great. But let’s get the science right

    POKE ME: Rallying to protect our rivers is great. But let’s get the science right

    Drying trends have been reported in Krishna and Kaveri and the pollution problem in the Ganga is well recognised. The future of our rivers appears bleak.

    • 1. Make it mandatory for regular inspection of water harvesting through third party... if it&acirc; s dysfunctional.. increase property tax by 50%.<br/>2. Use legacy trees and not trees like eucalyptus.<br/>3. ETP at each manufacturing units to make mandatory... we need to devise the way out small scale level ETPs

    • It goes without saying that much needed protection of our rivers may remain a distant dream till the time we get real on this count. Mind you, our political masters are usually found publicly talking a lot thereabout but the same never converts into a reality at the ground zero. However, it may be pertinent to recall that the former PM Late Shri Atal Behari Vapayee had once toyed with an highly innovative idea of inter-linking our rivers at macro levels. But sadly, such a meaningful proposal was dumped soon after he lost out to the UPA regime in 2003. Nevertheless, the least we can do for protecting our rivers could be not to pollute them in any manner whatsoever. Moreover, there should not be any mindless building of the bandhs or creating some other artificial or man-made obstructions so as to ensure their free-flow. More importantly, the 'preservation' of nation's forest reserves also holds the key. Let us always remember that our rivers are the primary source of meeting our day to day water requirements too. Needless to say, where there is a will, there is always a way.

      S K Gupta (New Delhi)
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