New Delhi: Aamir Khan started the penultimate episode of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ on a serious note. After giving basic information about the acute shortage of water in certain areas of India, he directly came to the point and asked a simple question to the audience; however the reply was a little surprising.
When a girl was asked from where we get water for our daily usage, she innocently replied, “From the tap.” The audience broke into a thunderous laugh which vanished within seconds because the research team of ‘SMJ’ started to showcase the plight of the people in different parts of India.
A string of visuals shot on the locations from Maharashtra, Delhi and some more states featured the acute water shortage. The environment of the studio became more depressing when Aamir revealed that a 14 year old boy called Sunil was killed during one of the struggles for water.
Environmentalist and water conservation activist Anupam Mishra stated some hard facts about the problems related to water shortage. He described the Indian mindset in very apt words, he said that we worship our rivers but we are not ready to keep it clean.
The position of the national capital of India, Delhi appeared very grim when it was disclosed that out of the total 1400 km length of Yamuna, 600 kms are already vanished. It has mainly happened due to the mindless industrialisation happening around this river.
Ganga’s situation is no different. Activist Manoj Mishra very rightly said that the Ganga’s situation near Kanpur is almost the same as Yamuna’s position in Delhi. Both the rivers are fast changing into a large gutter.
Ravi Agrawal’s case studies were more frightening. He said that the level of oxygen in Ganga and Yamuna near major cities is actually lesser than required, in fact at some places it has reached to the zero level.
Chennai was also suffering from the same problem till some years ago but precaution measures taken by an IAS officer Shanta Sheela Nair have reduced the problem to some extent. She, with the help of the state government, made it mandatory to install the rain water harvesting system.
However, despite all the preaching, the problem is getting worse and if we don’t wake up now then it would be too late