Pune: “Respect, reduce use of water and rejuvenate water is the only mantra for India to save water from disappearing,” said Rajendra Singh, better known as ‘Waterman Of India’, and Stockholm Water Prize 2015 winner, an award known as the Nobel Prize for water.
The one-day seminar on ‘Watershed and Development’ was organised by Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG), Pune chapter in collaboration with Indian Water Resource Society (IWRS), Pune, jointly with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) at Symbiosis Institute of Geoinformatics (SIG) in the city on Friday.
TP Singh, ISG Chairman and Director of SIG, said, “Watershed is the network of people, land and vegetation. River flow indicates health of the watershed. Even if a small amount of water can be conserved and protected, it is very beneficial in the long run.”
According to R Krishnan, scientist at The Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, in the last 50-60 years, there has been a drastic decrease in seasonal rainfall, because of which droughts are also increasing. He said, “Only by linking rivers, will water levels rise and it will help drought-prone areas cope up.”
Singh said, “Before linking rivers, scientists and experts should understand the perspective of water in the minds of people. Global warming and climate change is a global phenomena. If rivers are linked, then it will only generate ecological crisis and not help anything and anyone. The linking rivers will bring corruption and pollution as these kinds of projects takes place only when elections are close. The only medicine to heal global warming is greenery.”