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6 major Indian cities will run out of water by 2030: Expert warns

Hyderabad, Oct 4 (UNI) Prof Asit K Biswas, a leading authority on water and natural resources management, apart from being the distinguished visiting Professor of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore), on Thursday warned that at least six Indian major cities will run out of water by 2030.Poor policies have left India in one of the worst positions in the world when it comes to water stress, Mr Biswas cautioned in his keynote address at the inaugural session of the International conference on 'Global Water Security for Agricultural and natural Resources,' organised by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), in partnership with the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE), here.
''We have brilliant people, but will not allow them to do,'' he said, adding that India is no exception to this global trend. Signs of water stresses are all over the country, both in terms of availability and quality.
The situation in India is worse than in many other countries due to decades of poor policies and practices, said Mr Biswas, who founded the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico and advised 19 governments and organisations in 40 countries.
Sustained interest in water issues by senior policymakers has been conspicuous by its absence – Indian politicians are only interested in water when there are serious droughts and floods, he pointed out and said that as soon as these are over, their interest simply disappears.
India needs water to meet its current needs, and also for 2050 when its population is predicted to increase by another 450 million, nearly one-third more than at present, he said that all these additional people will need food, energy, industrial and economic development, proper health, education facilities and a good environment to enjoy a good quality of life, and meeting their needs will require increasingly more water.
If India continues with unsatisfactory and unsustainable water management policies, like poor operation and management practices of all water infrastructure, there is no doubt that within the next 12 years many parts of the country will face serious water crises, mostly six major cities will run out of water ( not disclosed city names) , he also cautioned.
With existing knowledge, technology and management practices, and efficient uses in all sectors, the country should have enough water to last over the next several decades, to meet all potential human needs, he said the water policies in India was very poor compared to China.
India may be an emerging economic giant, but its urban water management practices lag significantly behind other smaller and less developed cities, he said. In India, the main problem was that there is no water storage capacity policy.
India's water problems are solvable, but they will require sustained political will, building strong water institutions, and ensuring public funds are used efficiently, he said.
Failing to address the challenges will most certainly mean an unprecedented water crisis within the next 12 years in India and the country must improve its existing poor water management policies and practices, he added.
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35-yr-old man commits suicide in Nashik

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Nashik, Jun 5 (UNI) A 35-year-old man allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence in Lakhmapur village in Dindori taluka of the district on Friday.

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On ‘WE’ Day, MP CM calls for team efforts

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Bhopal, June 5 (UNI) Wishing citizens on the occasion of World Environment Day, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan emphasised on endeavours to fulfil “our collective obligation” vis-à-vis conserving natural heritage and biodiversity.
“Every individual should plant at least one sapling annually. If more seedlings are planted, it will indeed be a favour to humanity and nature. Biodiversity is the principal theme this year and our state happens to be extremely rich in that aspect. In Madhya Pradesh flows the lifeline ‘Mother Narmada’ and we have the Satpura, Vindhya and Maikal ranges. Rivers such as the Kshipra, Chambal, Betwa and Tapti also enrich our resources. At this juncture, humanity is encountering a challenging phase but my dispensation is determined to safeguard the habitat,” the veteran leader averred in a message.

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Aurangabad MP Jaleel demands for repatriation of Maha students stranded abroad

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Aurangabad, Maharashtra, Jun 5 (UNI) Aurangabad MP Syed Imtiaz Jaleel on Friday demanded that the central government should make immediate arrangements to bring home the students from Maharashtra who are stranded abroad.

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Thane, Jun 5 (UNI) With 444 more persons testing Covid-19 positive in Thane in a single day on Friday, the district's tally of infected patients zoomed beyond the 10,000-mark to 10,419.

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MP CM launches greening drive

06 Jun 2020 | 2:30 AM

Bhopal, June 5 (UNI) Emphasising that this planet is home not only to humans but also for fauna and feathered creatures, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed concern Friday over mankind’s blind exploitation of nature in the unbridled race for so-called progress.
“Forests have been decimated, toxic emissions from factories polluted the environment, chemical fertilisers and pesticides contaminated water plus food. This simply cannot be described as development; it is in fact destruction! Striking a fine balance between growth and the habitat is imperative. As is universally known but often conveniently disregarded, trees purify the environs, provide us with food, raise groundwater level and enhance storage,” the veteran leader was officially quoted as saying while symbolically inaugurating – via videoconferencing – a major plantation initiative organised by the Harda-based Subhash Manch on the occasion of World Environment Day.

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