Two in five Indians won’t have access to drinking water by 2030

Two in five Indians won’t have access to drinking water by 2030. A NITI Aayog report shows 21 Indian cities, including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad, are likely to run out of groundwater in the next two years, directly affecting 100 million people. “Given the combination of rapidly declining groundwater levels and limited policy action, this is also likely to be a significant food security risk for the country,” the report said. BBC recently reported that Bengaluru was among the 12 cities globally likely to run out of drinking water in the near future.

Groundwater in India depleted at 10-25 mm per year between 2002 and 2016. Average rainfall declined, from 1,050 mm in the kharif — summer cropping–season of 1970 to less than 1,000 mm in kharif 2015. Similarly, in the winter cropping, or rabi season, average rainfall declined, from Rs 150 mm in 1970 to about 100 mm in 2015. Dry days — days without rainfall — during the monsoons have increased, from ~40% to 45% in 2015.

According to the report 21 Indian cities–including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Hyderabad–will run out of groundwater by 2020, affecting 100 million people; 40% of India’s population will have no access to drinking water by 2030, the report said.

The time has come when some introspection by the Indian media is required. Many people, not only those in authority but even ordinary people, have started saying that the media have become irresponsible and wayward, and need to be reined in. When the television and print media redirect your thought to casteism, communalism, Beef Issue, Love Jihad, Jinnah etc you are real away from the actual issues.

It is our duty to save this planet rather than relying on political parties to take any corrective measure. We all know that politics in India runs on feudal ideas , castism and communalism.

India's most pressing environmental problems are land damage, water shortages, and air and water pollution. ... Due to uncontrolled dumping of chemical and industrial waste, fertilizers and pesticides, 70% of the surface water in India is polluted.

Delhi needs Trees :-

Delhi was in news today for the #Chipko Movement to save trees, today High Court has put stay on cutting of more than 16,000 trees for redeveloping residential facilities for central government employees in south Delhi.

“Can Delhi afford cutting of trees for the development of roads and buildings?” the High Court asked NBCC. The court will hear the matter again on July 4.

The needed buildings can be built wherever compensatory planting is planned. Delhi needs trees more than any place This matter came in media when thousands of people protested in Delhi against the decision. Do you still think Politicians are concerned about the environment ? When political parties make building a temple as their priority rather saving the environment you can understand the seriousness in saving the nation.

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