Do you know what’s in the Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) Report?

India is no exception to the water crisis that is circling the globe and very soon will engulf it. India is such a large country, and the population is huge too. Such a large landmass has diverse people with diverse cultures living in, together.

But when it comes to the water crisis, we see that people are not quite concerned about it and we Indians have got to learn a great deal about saving water. Awareness must be created because ultimately it is we who will suffer, and it is we who will be saved from the impending disaster if we act now.

In the year 2019, the drought was severe, and this weakness in monsoon had affected 330 million people, in different ways. The numbers have never reduced. It keeps on increasing every year. It will remain that way if we do not act now and work in unison.

Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) released a report which is quite discouraging. In the report, it is mentioned that by 2020, 21 cities will be affected by a water crisis in the form of zero groundwater. Now that 2020 has come we know that the situation is pretty bad and that the report was not able to bring much change in the mind, so people and the way water is being used.

It is not just sporadic rains that have caused the issue. A lot of human-made activities have also contributed to this situation. Out of all, the major ones include inadequate water management, pumping groundwater beyond the replenishing rate and wastefulness of the people in general.

It is not hard to guess the amount of water wasted because we also participate in that. We are all guilty of water wasting. Composite Water Management Index (CWMI) did not just mention about 2020 but have also highlighted dangers that Indians will face by 2030.

The report said that by 2030 the economic activities in India would increase, which will lead to severe water shortage. This shortage, in turn, will hinder several other processes and chances are high that GDP sees a drop. The estimated percentage drop is six.

JalShaktim, a plan that is launched by the central government, is an ambitious plan devoted to working in the direction of a water crisis in India. This plan aims at providing water connectivity to every household by the year 2024. If the plan goes as it is proposed, then there will good progress.

Governments often come up with plans, and some of the plans are also successful. But if wasting of water stays the same on the part of the public, then there will not be much change. The change will come when there is change on all levels and not just from the side of governing bodies and NGOs.

Encroaching is such a big problem. There is extensive dredging going on in the country, and all this is done to build more tall buildings.

These activities cannot be stopped because people need a house. However, there can be a checking of such activities. Moderation is the key.

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Mike Brown has done Masters in Hydrology and Water Management. He loves coffee and likes to lecture people on climate change. He plays PUBG when he is not working.

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