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March 24th, 2017 - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal

March 24th, 2017

March 24th, 2017
08:19 am

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Water Worries
Summer is just starting now, but bore wells have all already started drying out and I guess this year Bangalore is going to face the worst Water Crisis in recent times. In spite of taking huge property taxes and even advance payments and deposits from the residents for BWSSB water supply, the pathetic Karnataka Government hasn't been able to extend water pipelines to many parts of the city. The pipelines in fact have reached till just a few hundred meters away from the place where we live, but the authorities are saying that we will have to financially sponsor the laying of extension pipelines from the current endpoint to our area in case we need water! However, there is no guarantee that we would get a drop of water even if we spend money for the pipelines, as the situation of Cauvery water availability is overall grim anyways.

Water has become like a luxury material now, and even the tankers supplying water from faraway places are not able to get enough supply, even though consumers are ready to pay higher amounts than usual. Near my home, at least 10000 apartments are nearing completion in the coming few months, and construction work by some more builders have started, just adjacent to a lake-bed, making mockery on the order by National Green Tribunal. I am not sure what is going to happen when people start living in these apartments and would need another couple of millions of liters of water every day.

Lakes are frothing with chemicals, Stench from compost processing plants setup in the middle of the city have become a part of the landscape.. and when all this is going on, the Government, which is not even able to provide basic necessities to its people, is working on crazy proposals like steel flyovers and what not!

Perhaps my age is making me rant on very pessimistic lines, but I am now getting seriously skeptical about the future of our species beyond probably a couple of centuries. There are types of animals like river dolphins which had survived multiple cataclysmic events over a span of millions of years, but Man managed to make them extinct by just a couple of decades of industrialization. How will our future be after a hundred years, if the current political and government systems continue as they are? I earn a living working for a company that takes pride in being "environmentally conscious". But beneath those colorful banners advertising the "green initiatives", the reality remains that the company is hoping to monetize by various means Man's laziness and craze for fancy means for convenience - by filling the world with sensor devices to do funny things like operating the toilet flush by staring at them, to give an example.

I think the current school eduction system needs radical changes to give primary emphasis on creating consciousness about the state of our planet, rather than on generation of more batches of potential IT professionals prepared for the so-called "competitive world". It is likely that the coming few generations of humans would be the last ones which would have realistic chances to initiate changes to reverse the current trends.

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