There are plans afoot in Delhi to start a scheme that will conserve water and a very special date has been chosen for the launch. The 25th September was the birth date of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya who was a political thinker and philosopher.
It has been reported that there is an acceptance that water is now scarce and there needs to be an approach to conserve it that is going to involve NGOs as well as the state governments and members of the general public.
The amount of water that is available for each person is decreasing as the population increases and this is combined with too much being used and pollution is rendering more and more unsuitable for use. There are going to be a number of schemes running together it has been reported and this includes recycling water, ground water recharge and a nationwide programme that will involve a variety of sectors and is aimed at improving practices.
Uma Bharti who is the union water resources and river development minister said that that officials in her department to make sure that the final version would be ready in 11 days and therefore making sure that the scheme would be able be set up on the correct day.
She went on to say that all of the officers had been asked for their own input, and that there was not need to worry that their honesty would be used against them. She said that all ideas could be put forward “without fear and hesitation”. She went on to suggest that anonymous ideas could be sent to her to ensure that there would not be any fear that they would face sanctions.
There have been certain worries and this has included the construction of dams that have not been completed to timescale as well as the fact that the schemes that were meant to mean less pollution in the Yamuna and Ganges had not hit targets she insisted that there was a commitment to deal with the problems of water shortages and condition.
Figures show that there is up to 90% of the water that goes into rivers that is not meeting the environmental standards and 65% of rainwater is not used but rather left to run back into the sea. It is accepted that agriculture needs water and it is the industry that uses the most, although industry follows a close second.