The Greatest civilization on this planet, Harappa and Mohenjadaro happened on the banks of the water body. The people flourished for decades. But, what is the situation now in this generation?
The water body is either chemical-filled like in Yamuna
The water body is plastic-filled like in Musi
The water body is either a place for washing clothes or cleaning animals
The water body is either a place for defecation or urination
These are a few of the crimes that happen with water.
Is land so scarce that people don’t find a place to disburse the waste material? Not really. Then, why do people destroy water bodies with their unfilthy practices?
Musi with plastic pollution
To avoid spending on effluent treatment, Industries push them into water bodies. This not only destroys water bodies but also underground water as slowly affluents seep into the ground and destroy them.
There are still people in cities, towns and extent in villages who throw waste plastic bottles, kitchen waste, paper waste and every other home waste into the water because they feel it is the easiest option for disposal, which saves some money as they need to give to municipal authorities for taking away waste from home nor do they need to come out of the house. Just throw them out from the Apartment complex directly into the water body.
Traffic is a problem every day as we reach home. Water bodies, if kept clean can be one of the modes of transport daily. Why shouldn’t Lake Musi be the source of Hyderabad intracity travel like the River Thames in England? Not only does it decrease traffic but also, attracts tourists.
Tourism is one such thing, which when properly planned then can be a good source of revenue for the state, and can create jobs for numerous unemployed youth. Tourism can only bloom when the waterbody is not contaminated. Who wishes to travel in a smelly, froth-filled water body?
From Amalapuram to Hyderabad, when we see every water body destroyed by humans, it pains. The water source for revenue generation, both are missed when the water body is destroyed.
Heavily polluted water in Amalapuram which has potential like River Thames
The onus is on us to educate ourselves, and our younger generation on why should we save water bodies and how can they play a role in nation-building.
It is time to shun our bad habits and work honestly in conserving water.