Learning from Bangalore: Securing Udaipur's Water for Future

Learning from Bangalore: Securing Udaipur's Water for Future

The lack of regulation in tourism has resulted in a deterioration of the lakes and groundwater quality...

 
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Two years ago, Bangalore, renowned for its lakes and ponds much like Udaipur, suffered from a devastating flood. At present, it yearns for every drop of water. During the Lake Dialogue event held on Sunday, March 10 2024, it was suggested that Udaipur should take lessons from Bangalore to secure its future in water consumption.

Dr. Anil Mehta, an expert, pointed out that the encroachment on numerous lakes, water channels, and open wells in Bangalore has led to situations of either excessive or insufficient water in the city. Economic, social, and educational activities in the city have slowed down to some extent.

The presence of mountains and forests in Udaipur has led to the development of a comprehensive water management system for rivers and streams. Groundwater was being continuously replenished through natural processes. During periods of abundant rainfall, numerous small ponds and reservoirs would collect and store rainwater. The replenishment from these sources helped sustain a favorable groundwater level in wells and reservoirs. Similarly to Bangalore, Udaipur has also undergone hill reduction during urban expansion, eradication of small ponds, and diversion of seasonal streams, wells, and reservoirs.

Mehta warned that if Udaipur doesn't promptly address its current situation, it could experience severe floods and droughts in the future, resulting in disruptions to its social and economic structure.

Tej Shankar Paliwal, a Lake enthusiast, remarked that Udaipur is experiencing a significant depletion of water resources. The water consumption per individual in hotels and resorts is five hundred to seven hundred times higher than that in households. The lack of regulation in tourism has resulted in a deterioration of the lakes and groundwater quality. Now is the time to rise above personal interests and financial gains and make the long-term security of Udaipur the top priority.

Nand Kishor Sharma, the head of the Gandhi Manav Kalyan Society, noted that almost every household, business and institution, with the exception of a few settlements and small business centers, has access to deep tube wells. There are no limitations on the withdrawal of water from these sources. As a result, there is a reduction in the groundwater level. In the state, there is an immediate requirement for strict laws to address the depletion of groundwater.

Kushal Raval, an Environmental enthusiast recommended initiating measures to regulate water usage in all households, businesses, and hospitality establishments.It is advisable to reduce the usage of bathtubs and showers. Scientifically, accurate rainfall water conservation methods should be enhanced. Ramesh Chandra Rajput, a senior citizen, emphasized that any society failing to recognize the significance of water will inevitably confront difficulties in the future. He emphasized the need to foster a mentality that values and protects the water sources and catchment areas of Udaipur. Prior to the lake cleaning, efforts were made and discussions were held.

 

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