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Save water for better future
The report of drinking water crisis engulfing hill town Bomdila should be an eye
opener for state of Arunachal Pradesh. Bomdila reportedly is battling acute water
crisis for the last six months. The reason cited for it is sharp decrease in water
flow at the sources with one of the source almost drying up. The water flow is decreasing
due to deforestration caused in the catchment area. The situation of other towns
of state is almost similar. Rampant felling of trees is causing fast depletion of
water sources. Government must intervene at the earliest before situation turn grim.
Despite the state's multiple water reserves including rivers, several snow fed
glaciers, lakes, etc many districts face acute water scarcity. The state's water
scarcity is linked to the unsystematic distribution of water and poor management
of water resources. Many of the state's water supply system no longer meet needs,
especially when frequent landslides damage water pipes and infrastructure. In recent
year, deforestration has emerged as the biggest threat to water sources of state.
PHE and forest department will have to join hand together to save water sources.
Felling of trees around the water sources will have to be immediately stopped. Awareness
campaign should be organized on large scale to educate people about need to conserve
forest for better future. Water is future and if there is no water, humans will vanish
from this earth.
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