[Assam] [WaterWatch] Jal Satyagraha launched in New Delhi

mc mahant mikemahant at hotmail.com
Sun May 20 03:53:12 PDT 2007

<The problem of the River Yamuna is a problem of pollution andencroachments. Both have to be tackled to restore the river to itsformer glory, felt experts at a meeting organized in New Delhi on 19January, 2007, to discuss the river's crisis in the context of India'swater problems, called by the Rashtriya Jal Biradari.>Dear Nitya,
Both have to be tackled . Please do not stop till DONE.
 DONE -Must be Simultaneously in 1 year. Do it right at all cost-show the WORLD!
A*24X365 Days a year.Enforce all the way from Himalayas to Allahabad.Definitely in greater Dilli.
*Sewage leaving every home,every block of flats must and CAN be treated by home/Flat owner- to a Almost Drinking Quality  -Define Worst allowable limits.ADQ or be penalized.
*Sewage leaving every local Nullah to meet a larger Nulla  to be made the sameADQ -Ensured by 2 adjacent Ward Committees-Or be penalized.
*Sewage+Storm Water Main Drains before disgorging to Yamuna must not exceed - ADQ or be penalized
B Employ 100 floating barge-mounted bottom diggers to dig up the accumulated putrfiying mass at Yamuna bottom-and deposit fish-bone like on both  banks' lowlying floodplain perpendicular to main stream.
All above possible technologically today. At fraction of costs imagined/spent.
I can Transfer same to you.
Best Regards
Mukul Mahant

To: WaterWatch at yahoogroups.comFrom: nityajacob at yahoo.comDate: Sat, 19 May 2007 13:48:34 +0000Subject: [WaterWatch] Jal Satyagraha launched in New Delhi

Jal Satyagraha launched in New Delhi19 May 2007The problem of the River Yamuna is a problem of pollution andencroachments. Both have to be tackled to restore the river to itsformer glory, felt experts at a meeting organized in New Delhi on 19January, 2007, to discuss the river's crisis in the context of India'swater problems, called by the Rashtriya Jal Biradari.Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh said people haveto be involved and planning has to be decentralized for this to besuccessful. In Delhi, it is essential that the public be made aware ofthe need to reduce and recycle water. Rainwater harvesting is alsocritical to ameliorate the city's water problems. "We should adoptdecentralized water collection methods and catch water where itfalls," he said.Blaming the concept of sustainable development, he said this was themain reason for environmental degradation. Rapid economic developmenthas destroyed both manmade and natural water bodies in India. However,there were many models of local water management by which it waspossible to arrest this decline.Former chairman of the Central Pollution Control Board Paritosh Tyagienumerated three measures that could solve Delhi's water crisis. Thesewere plugging leakages in distribution, educating people to use lesswater and accurate metering that would enable better service andhigher water tariffs. "If all these are done properly, Delhi will notface a water crisis as it has adequate supply of water."The Yamuna's flood plain is under threat from development. TheCommonwealth Games Village, Metro railway stations and otherdevelopments planned will reduce the area available for water rechargeby half. It was 94 sq. km. but once these developments are complete,it will be only around 47 sq km, he said. This means that the rechargepotential of the flood plain for the city's groundwater aquifers willbe severely affected.Most of the river's water is used for irrigation by riparian states –Uttrakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. If irrigation efficiency isincreased by even 30 percent, it will make much more water availablefor drinking because irrigation uses eight times as much water asdomestic users do. Delhi had a peculiar problem of online boostersthat actually worsened the water situation because these pumps drewair and dirt from outside pipelines into the water, contaminatingsupply. "People should not use online boosters," Mr Tyagi said.Arjun, who has worked with Jal Biradari for the past two decades, said trees are father, and earth the mother, of water. Both have to be taken care of to protect our water resources and ensure that groundwater and surface water resources are adequate.Rajendra Singh said the government has to work in partnership withpeople to manage water resources. "When people are given ownership ofresources, they manage them with pride, responsibility and honesty. Nogovernment can claim to do as good a job."In the area where his NGO, Tarun Bharat Sangh works, people haverevived dead rivers through decentralized, community centred watershedmanagement, he said. They have taken control of this criticalresource. The Rajasthan government, under its former chief minister,passed a cabinet order that no polluting or water-intensive industrywill be allowed in the Alwar area, where TBS works. However, thecurrent government overturned this order in 2004.As a result, 40 companies producing bottled water and distilleriesacquired land for their operations in this belt. "The people opposedthem, sat on dharnas outside their factories and we went to court toget them shut. Nearly all except United Breweries have closed down andwe have an on-going dharna outside their factory to force them toclose too," Mr. Singh said.Yamuna is in danger and no single organization or person can handlethis. Everybody in Delhi has to come together to tackle its problems.Instead of laying a concrete jungle, we should build a natural jungleof 10,000 hectares on the flood plain of the river. The people shouldhelp in reviving recharge structures and distributaries of the river.The Ridge should be declared as a recharge zone and the baolis andtalaabs that existed there should be restored. The ghats on the Yamunashould also be restored. The Jal Satyagraha 2007 was also launched at the event. It aims toraise awareness among school and college children. It will createawareness in both rural and urban India on the optimal use of waterand need to recharge to groundwater. The Satyagraha will work withmedia to raise public awareness on water-related issues. It willadvocate water as a basic human right and hold camps in differentstates. The campaign will also discourage people from using bottledwater and drinking soft drinks. Lastly, it will work to stop theprivatization of rivers and other water sources.Nitya Jacob__._,_.___ 
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