Rivers are the lifeline of any kind of civilization. They play a vital role in sustaining life in this planet. But off late it has been seen that our perennial rivers are losing their identity. Some of them have even dried up or so much polluted and are no verge of extinction. They are in a very bad phase right now. We need to protect our rivers.
Most of the rivers have converted into drains. They are covered with so much filth that they cannot be considered as a source of fresh water anymore. Water pollution has become a burning topic in our country, India. Various NGOs are continuously spreading awareness regarding this.
The government is also not far behind in this sphere. “NAMAMI GANGE” can be taken as an example. It is the scheme for cleaning up of river ganga.
But we cannot rest this responsibility only on certain organisations or the Government. As a responsible citizen, it is our duty to protect the rivers. Well, if not for the future generation, then at least for ourselves.
SOME OF THE MEASURES THROUGH WHICH WE CAN PROTECT INDIAN RIVERS:
•Rivers are dumped into various wastes such as household, industrial, etc. It is very important to check that the wastes are treated properly before discharging into the rivers. Oil spills from the vehicles and heavy industries should not be allowed to get discharged into rivers. Strict water laws should be there to protect our rivers and heavy punishments should be imposed on breaking these laws.
•In our country various dead bodies and animal carcasses are thrown into river on daily basis. This makes the river very water dirty which should be stopped immediately. River should not be taken as a public property and misused. Rather it should be taken care of as one’s own personal belonging.
•It is often seen that large number of melas are held on the riverbanks every year. This also leads to water pollution. the various wastes of such melas should not be allowed to get discharged in the rivers.
•The adoption of a river can also be done as a part of corporate sustainability responsibility programmes organised together with the local communities with the support of local government agencies.
•By adopting a zero-waste lifestyle that consists of rethink, reuse, reduce, recycle, compost, and close the loop (4R2C|) we can limit our trash output and save tones of solid wastes ending up in river.
•Rivers are getting dried up gradually. a very serious reason behind this is global warming. the ecological balance is quite high which has resulted in this. The dramatic change in the climate and the interference of humans with climate has caused the drying up of rivers.
•Use of pesticides and fertilizers on the agricultural land should be limited because it helps to increase water pollution.
•Government should create some plans to increase awareness among public about the importance of rivers and the consequences of the rivers getting polluted. So, the people should be educated regarding this and motivate them to protect our rivers.
In the end we can say that rivers can be saved through our mutual support and urge to save them. A lot of damage has been done already, now it’s time to rectify it. In this crucial time, it is very necessary to stand together and fight for the safety of our rivers. If actions are not taken now, then we will not be able to leave a beautiful world for our coming generations.