It’s like giving an exam without studying 🤯
There’s a problem with our country’s water vision of connecting the 30 major rivers to tackle heatwaves, droughts & water scarcity. Our answer is similar to what a weak student writes in the final minutes of an exam they didn’t study for – Vague & repetitive.
Our solution relies on the assumption that some of our rivers have excess water to share/distribute but many experts argue that this excess water only exists on paper (to avoid panic). While that is serious, that’s just one of our problems.
Researchers have rarely assessed the impact of mismanagement & corruption in the complex action-reaction chain, which disables us from identifying the man-made errors that have intensified the water crisis.
For example, while farmers across the nation have struggled (& failed) to keep their crops from withering, India has allowed cities to expand beyond tangible capacities (with residents pouring in) without a proper assessment of the area’s water bodies. This is why the municipal departments are always short of fully satisfying the needs of any major city, including the capitals New Delhi & Mumbai.
Also, the double digit growth of some heavy water-consuming industries like Beer & Sugarcane manufacturers make us question whether tighter regulations must be implemented (like China) to mitigate the impact of lifestyle > livelihood cultures in the longterm.