Mr. J.P. Nadda, the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare trigger a mass movement on water conservation by joining hands with Walk for Water. Expressing solidarity to ‘Save Water, Save Bharat’, the Union Minister said, “Walk for Water is an awareness campaign that started like a spark and it is now spreading like a wild fire. With every dawn, thousands are joining the mass movement. I am supporting this campaign.”
Walk for Water is an initiative spearheaded by a team of professionals, businessmen, celebrities and NGO leaders to create an awareness on water conservation and sanitation.
As the growing population will only aggravate the water scarcity, only available option to make water available for all is to conserve water or avoiding wastage of water. For example, one can wash his two wheeler with two buckets of water if he is judicious enough otherwise he can spend two hundred liters of water instead. The choice comes from his sense of responsibility towards water. It is not the uneducated ones who waste water. There are even PhD holders who waste water completely insensitive to growing water scarcity, water riots etc. Save Water, Save Bharat needs a mass movement in the face of the fearsome facts below:
- According to a report by Bank of America and Merrill Lynch five Indian cities Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad in the order of current population will face severe water shortage in the next 35 years that can trigger a small scale civil war.
- According to V Balasubramanian, the former Additional Chief Secretary of Karnataka and Chairman, Centre for Policies and Practices, The Government of Karnataka will have to evacuate half of Bangalore in the next ten years, due to water scarcity.
- Gurgaon city on its deathbed as it has almost exhausted its groundwater with an estimated 30,000 borewells having been sunk even as the water table recedes year after year.
- People in cities will have to shell out 30% of their earnings on water and 20 % more to fight water borne diseases. According to a Survey by Mr. Narasimha Reddy Donthi, Hans India, Jan 2016 p.9.
It is in this context, Walk for Water Foundation, Hyderabad is involved in creating a mass movement involving government, business houses, executives, educationists, families to conserve water as well as the general public right from the grass root level on the eve of World Water Day on March 22. The activities include:
- Organizing a ‘Walk for Water’ campaign at over 683 locations to organize 1000 walks, 10,000 road shows with the participation of 10 million people across India.
- Creating a “Human Chain of Solidarity” linking the length and breadth of the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad to demonstrate our care and concern to save water.
- Launching a signature campaign on yarns of cloth as an expression of solidarity in 5 metros (Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad).