Jaipur, 9 July 2019: L
ack of access to clean drinking water is a serious issue in the country today and Sharda University’s ‘#WaterForLife’ Campaign is an initiative to raise awareness around importance of water conservation and the impact of water crisis on communities across India. As a part of the campaign, Philem Rohan Singh a PG Student from Sharda University has embarked on a cycle journey covering 5,500+ Kms stating from Kashmir and culminating at Kanyakumari. The campaign was flagged off on 14th June from Srinagar Jaipur is the 7th stop on its route.
During the entire trip across relevant remote locations in the country will enable Rohan and the team to gather valuable insights, do research and the findings will be culminated into a documentary, which will be India’s first Video based research report on Water related issues, findings and solutions to be shared with the Government of India.
The focus of the campaign is to identify the issues leading to scarcity of clean and safe drinking water and other water related issues affecting livestock, farming, businesses, livelihood and depleting groundwater level among others. Talking about his journey so far Rohan Singh, Student, said, “Rajasthan is facing a severe water crisis, with a decadal average study inferring that there has been a decline in groundwater by 62.70% in the state with only 37.20% rise. The study was conducted by the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB) on 928 stations in the state. While interacting with the local people from different states and inquiring about the water crisis they face daily. I found that In the face of an acute water shortage, residents of Parasampura village in Hurda panchayat of Bhilwara are now keeping their water containers locked in order to curb theft of drinking water. While some have scarcity of drinking water, others need to travel long distances to get drinkable water. In order to replenish the groundwater, rainwater harvesting is compulsory, and consumers should also do more to check their water-usage practices”.
Rohan will be cycling through 12 states including Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Bangalore and Kerala. The journey will also touch relevant locations like Ponda, Bicholim, Sanguem, Canaco, Bhatsa, Tulsi, Vihar, Middle Vaitarna, Modak Sagar, Tansa, Upper Vaitarna etc. In Jaipur, Rohan interacted with local people and inquired about water related problems the local people encounter on a daily basis.
Like in most of the states, in Rajasthan also scarcity of water is the biggest issues. Thousands of women walk several kilometers everyday to fetch water for their household chores. Water tankers come to their villages once every ten days, leaving them with no other option than to ration their supply of drinking water and protect it with their lives. One local even said that clean drinking water carries the same value as silver and gold in certain parts of the district, especially Parasampura village.