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Precious water bodies

Post by RK News on Friday, October 13, 2023

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Water is one of the most needed resources and it is impossible for any human settlement to survive without it. Needed for drinking, for cleaning, for irrigation and other purposes, the dependence of water is crucial. The demand has not changed since the beginning of the civilizations. However, greed, human intervention, climate change, and poor management has damaged some of the known river and natural water systems in the valley. Water bodies, including Dal Lake, Wular Lake, Manasbal Lake, and the Jhelum River, are not just beautiful landscapes. They represent a rich ecosystem that supports diverse species of flora and fauna, sustains agriculture, and provides livelihoods to thousands of families through tourism and fishing. They are the backbone of Kashmir's unique cultural heritage and play a crucial role in mitigating the effects of climate change. Over the years, these water bodies are confronting unprecedented challenges. Pollution from untreated sewage and solid waste, encroachment for human settlements, deforestation, and unregulated commercial development are causing significant and, in some cases, irreversible damage. The shrinking of Wular Lake, the deterioration of Dal Lake's water quality, and the extinction of native species are just a few examples of the alarming consequences we are witnessing. The situation demands immediate and concerted action. The need of the hour is to acknowledge the importance of these water bodies and the role they play in our lives, our economy, and our environment. We need to educate people especially our young generation about the importance of water conservation and the threats posed by pollution, encroachment, and climate change. The government must prioritize stringent regulation and enforcement of environmental laws. Encroachments on lake boundaries should be strictly monitored and penalized. A comprehensive waste management system is imperative to prevent the dumping of waste into these water bodies. There is an urgent need for the implementation of sewage treatment plants, especially in areas surrounding these lakes. Also, government in collaboration with private sector needs to invest in scientific research and technological innovations for water conservation and pollution control. Sustainable tourism practices should be promoted, ensuring that the beauty of these water bodies can be enjoyed by future generations without compromising their health and vitality. In addition, general public, civil society groups and NGO’s should be encouraged in the conservation efforts. After all, the people of Kashmir have a deep-seated connection with these bodies of water, and their engagement in preserving them will not only be more effective but will also foster a sense of ownership and responsibility. The conservation of water bodies is not only the responsibility of the government or environmental activists. It's a collective responsibility that falls on each one of us. We all need to come together to ensure the survival of these vital ecosystems and must work for a sustainable future. Building consensus to preserve and conserve water bodies to maintain ecological character of Kashmir has become inevitable now.

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