Wet­lands turn dry lands

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

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.

SAN­JEEV JOSHI

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