In dry Delhi, poor fight for every drop, rich receive limitless


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In dry Delhi, poor fight for every drop, rich receive limitless

In the face of a later-than-usual monsoon rain in India, which may affect India’s farming and keep a large proportion of its population extremely vulnerable to below-poverty level, people are lavishly languishing due to rapidly depleting water reserve in the crowded capital city of India, Delhi, a residence of more than 20 million.

Meanwhile, Indian government had been exploring an option to create three or four dams near upper reaches of river Yamuna to grapple with future droughts. In fact, in alignment with a delay in monsoon rains in the capital city of India, mass sufferings alongside a harsh inequality between rich and poor had been getting more and more amplified and uncloudy, as the Delhi-sky has been for most part of the Indian summer this year.

Monson rains had reached the capital city of India by last Thursday (July 4th), a week later than usual, while India’s water crisis has worsened and remained far from even-handled, as elites in Delhi and other parts of India remain unhurt, when poor had been striving for a drop.

However, earlier this week, the Indian government of BJP (Bhartiya Janata Party), led by PM Narendra Modi, had called for a havoc-scale water conservation program, first large-scale initiative for water by any Indian government despite decades of warning.

Apart from that, according to a UK-based Charity WaterAid, about 12 percent or 16 crores people in India have been missing access to clean water to their homes, largest percentage proportion for any country in the world, while a market research company, Euromonitor said that bottled water supplies witnessed a three-fold jump between 2012-2017.

As a countermeasure to future droughts, Indian government had been seeking to build 3-4 dams in the upper reaches of Yamuna as beforementioned, however, it would take 3 to 4 years and massive legal procedures to exercise including land acquisition, environmental clearance alongside resettlement, added S. K. Halder, a top official of the Central Water Commission.