Wetlands turn dry lands
This is with reference to the editorial, "If only cities can see wetlands" (July 16-31, 2014). Sunita Narain says that a city's lake is its lifeline. But the citizens and municipal bodies do not treat it as such. Haphazard construction takes place around these wetlands which causes these water bodies to dry up. A wetland should be deemed an ecological asset. The water in lakes and ponds should be harvested and made fit for use during dry periods like drought. Unfortunately, this is not the case in our country. Urban planners have failed to push for the development and integration of these wetlands into the development plans of the cities. Rainwater harvesting has never been a widespread practice. Pumping of groundwater for construction and industrial purposes, on the other hand, has depleted freshwater sources in cities.