Chances of reviving Mudasarlova lake bright, says Rajendra Singh

Rajendra Singh explaining the drying up of the Mudasarlova reservoir in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangment

Ninety per cent of the Mudasarlova lake dried up this summer can be revived and the solution is simple, says ‘waterman’ Rajendra Singh. Political and administrative will and social system allowing it are required.

The culverts were wrongly located but linkage can be established on the upper side and the contour of the hill can be followed to make a stream into the lake, he says.

Beginning a three-day Water Body Rejuvenation Yatra in the district, the Magsaysay Award winner visited the reservoir along with former Union Secretary E.A.S. Sarma and ‘Jal Biradari’ national coordinator Bolisetty Satyanarayana.

The present culverts completely blocked the first, second and third lines of streams into the reservoir, he told reporters.

‘Involve community’

A sense of belonging should be developed among community to conserve water bodies, he said.

Saying that involving ‘self-centred’ urban people in participatory mode was difficult, he suggested a beginning in water literacy, conservation and management should be made with schools and progressing to colleges, universities and engineering colleges and Water Science Departments.

Mr. Singh said the city needed a diagnosis group to go into the real problem of water scarcity to help draw up an action plan to recharge water bodies in tune with nature, and in contrast to the greedy development planning going on. According to him, three factors, encroachment of water bodies and land of water bodies, pollution and overexploitation of groundwater were the main reasons behind water scarcity.

The diagnosis group should comprise experts from medical science, civil engineering and environment science, geo-hydro scientists and persons like Mr. Sarma and Mr. Satya. It should be followed by executive group that comprised independent people instead of contractors.

Referring to the de-silting going on, he said in the name of development disaster was being created and money was being spent to benefit contractors. Money should be first spent on treatment of the catchment and opening up the sources of water into the reservoir.

The reservoir has potential for clean drinking water since it is located between Kambalakonda and Simhachalam. Since Chennai and Visakhapatnam were in the same agro ecological climatic zones, they face similar serious symptoms when it came to water scarcity, he said.

People of Vizag have a chance to save the city if they start some good work now, Mr. Singh said. Unplanned development and lack of drainage were problems but opportunities still exist for recovery in Visakhapatnam, he says.

The new Chennai was located on floodplains and in that respect Visakhapatnam was safe, he added.

Mr. Sarma and Mr. Satya were present.

Our code of editorial values

  1. Comments will be moderated by The Hindu editorial team.
  2. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published.
  3. Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not 'the', n is not 'and').
  4. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.
  5. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection.

Printable version | Nov 27, 2021 3:58:00 AM |

Next Story