Tackling the water crisis
Generally, we think that if many people support a good move, the possibility of success is more. But sometimes a small move can make a big contribution. Guwahati city is going through tough times due to water crisis in most of its areas.
Our apartment building comprising 55 families is also facing the same problem. We are buying water. It is common in most of the apartments as well as in individual houses. During summer, all of us are busy discussing the artificial floods in Guwahati and the role of local bodies in this problem.
But we never think about the root causes of this problem. We persolly do not take any step such as abandoning the use of polythene etc. We never think about rainwater harvesting plan to overcome the water crisis. We build our boundary wall occupying the space needed for road. We throw our garbage packets in the drains without any hesitation. Yet with such attitude, we criticise the whole world for not having civic sense!
At the same time, it is also true that there are some people who take these problems seriously. However, it is not an easy task to do community work alone. They failed due to lack of funds or manpower and technical support.
Water crisis has become a complex problem in the entire world. We must think about it seriously before it gets too late. In this regard, I suggest all the flat owner societies in Guwahati to take initiative to start rainwater harvesting in the apartment buildings. Simultaneously, if all the flats use water on regulatory basis, the problem can be resolved gradually.
The increasing population is also one of the major causes of water crises. The hills are already filled up with dense population. Plantation of trees is not enough. Everyone should be involved in growing trees wherever possible. Watering plants is not the cause of water crisis. Misuse of water leads to water crisis. The government must take strict action to protect forest areas.
The media too can play an important role in this regard. They should focus on programmes like street drama, or arranging interactive sessions in different localities in presence of officials of development bodies about conserving water.
The climate of Assam has been gradually changing due to human activities. We are putting our future in danger, and it may already be too late. We must educate our children in protecting the environment. We must devote our energy in saving our planet. If we start from our own locality and work together, one day our Guwahati will become clean and green, a city to be proud of.